Scottsdale man guilty of first-degree murder in sons' shooting deaths

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by Jennifer Thomas and Mike Watkiss

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Posted on October 31, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 5 at 5:46 PM

PHOENIX -- A Scottsdale father has been found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the death of his two sons.

Police said Andre Michael Leteve called 911 on March 31, 2010, and said he had shot his child. When they arrived at his home, officers found his sons, 5-year-old Alec and 1-year-old Asher, dead.

After shooting his sons, police said Leteve shot himself in the head in an unsuccessful suicide attempt.

Both prosecutors and Leteve's defense team acknowledged that Leteve fired a .38-caliber revolver into the back of the boys' heads. But the two sides differed over the question of whether the horrific act was premeditated and therefore deserving the death penalty.

Prosecutors contend the killings were a calculated, premeditated and revengeful act carried out by Leteve as a way of punishing his estranged wife, Laurie Leteve, who was divorcing her husband.

Leteve's defense lawyers, however, countered by telling jurors that the killings were not premeditated, but instead a spontaneous eruption of violence from a man depressed and despondent over the breakup of his marriage and a mountain of personal financial problems.
 

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