The suspect in four recent murders that shocked the legal community in the Phoenix, AZ, area, was found dead on Monday morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a police standoff at a Scottsdale hotel, reports the Phoenix New Times.
Scottsdale and Phoenix police, with the help of state and federal authorities, tracked the suspect to the hotel.
Before the tactical team made entry to the suspect’s room, shots were fired inside the suspect’s room, according to Phoenix Police Sergeant Vince Lewis, who addressed reporters at the scene on Monday morning.
The suspect was soon identified as Dwight Lamon Jones, 56, who had been going through a divorce and child support battle in a case that began in 2009. Jones represented himself while his wife had hired lawyer Elizabeth Feldman. Feldman’s office was one of Jones’ targets.
Thursday, nationally known forensic psychiatrist Steven Pitt was shot and killed at his Phoenix office, which was followed by the murders of Veleria Sharp and Laura Anderson, two paralegals at the downtown Scottsdale law firm of Burt, Feldman, Grenier.
On Saturday, pressure to find the outstanding suspect increased with the discovery of the body of hypnotherapist and anger management specialist Marshall Levine at his Scottsdale office.
Lewis told reporters that Levine’s murder was likely linked to the other three. Additional murders in the area may also be related, but the investigation is ongoing, authorities said.
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