Christopher Redondo was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2010 death of Gilbert Police Lt. Eric Shuhandler.

Christopher Redondo was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2010 death of Gilbert Police Lt. Eric Shuhandler.

PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- A jury has handed down a guilty verdict to a man accused of killing a Gilbert police officer nine years ago.

On Tuesday, Christopher Redondo was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Gilbert Police Lt. Eric Shuhandler.

Shuhandler was killed in the line of duty on Jan. 28, 2010, when he was shot during a traffic stop near Val Vista Drive and Baseline Road in Gilbert.

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Shuhandler was shot as he walked from his patrol car back to Redondo's truck after learning that Redondo had an arrest warrant.

Redondo's truck had been pulled over because it had a partially covered license plate.

Officers who responded to the shooting found Shuhandler gasping for breath. The 16-year police veteran was pronounced dead at a hospital

Redondo, 44, is the man detectives said pulled the trigger, but had not been convicted of the killing until now because his case did not go to trial for almost nine years.

His trial finally got underway in January 2019. 

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One of the accomplices in the murder, Daimen Irizarry, had already been sentenced to life in prison for driving the getaway car and leading police on a 50-mile high-speed chase after Shuhandler was shot.

But getting Redondo's case to court took longer because of questions about his competence and the fact that prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Phoenix criminal defense attorney Dwane Cates said that when it takes this long for a case to get to trial, it presents a number of challenges

"People's memories fade. You can have witnesses die. Police officers retire or get killed. People move," said Cates. "You never know if the same set of witnesses that you started with, that you'll have them at the end when a case gets this old."

The Gilbert Police Department tweeted a statement about the verdict Wednesday afternoon.

 


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(10) comments

Shredder

It's about time. What took so long? Sad for the family but glad the criminal was found guilty.

PRKRefugee

Guilty. Now it's time to put him down.

ObeyLaws

Mexicans think nothing of slaughtering police officers in Mexico. What say we not let that part of their "rich cultural heritage" spread to this country.

cactus

9 years to come to trial. Completely inexcusable. The county attorney for Maricopa is terrible, in so many ways. I'm a Republican, but I always vote for anyone who runs against him no matter from what party, because that guy needs to go. I've lived here most of my life, and he is by far the worst who ever held that office.

MAGA Mia

Build that wall and keep the peace. Brown Cancer Ole

Djamz

What pisses you off more MAGA Mia the brown man who’s porking your wife or the black man who’s porking your daughter

theazdude

Now put him to death! Why has this taken so long!

ArizonaG30

Pathetic really pathetic . Took nine years foe this POS to go to trial

Wazoolie

Bye bye Paco! Just sharing his cultural heritage......🤬🤬🤬🤬

looklikesneakers

Hey Wazoolie, I'd love to share my heritage with you, too. My parents are siblings! Thus creating the perfect, pure bred, white American! I’ll take of ya real well, hunny.

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