Kirby, accused murderer of AJ woman, held on $1 Million bond
FLORENCE, AZ (8/28/13) – Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles announced Brian Kirby was arraigned on Wednesday and is held on a $1 million bond after being indicted for premeditated first degree murder.
Kirby is charged with the July 7, 2012 murder of 42 year old Lora Athey of Apache Junction and July 5, 2012 attempted murder of another individual. Athey was found in her home after police responded to a request for a wellness check.
In addition to premeditated first degree murder, a class 1 felony, Kirby also faces attempted first degree murder, a class 2 dangerous felony; misconduct involving weapons, a class 4 felony; and theft of means of transportation, a class 3 felony.
From a separate alleged incident occurring on July 5, 2012, Kirby faces an additional four charges to include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a class 3 dangerous felony; kidnapping, a class 2 dangerous felony; misconduct involving a weapon, a class 4 felony; and aggravated assault causing temporary but substantial disfigurement, a class 4 felony.
A pretrial conference hearing for both of these matters has been scheduled before Honorable Judge Georgini on October 22, 2013 at 9:00 am. On all charges, Kirby is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said, “PCAO stands up for victims and I remain proud of my prosecutors for their work and collaboration with local law enforcement to remove threats from our communities. Our dedication to creating safer neighborhoods persists as a top priority for me and my office and I thank the Apache Junction Police Department for their vital investigative work in this case.”
Apache Junction Interim Police Chief Thomas E. Kelly said, “The talents of the investigator in this brutal murder were put to the test. Every lead was followed and no stone went unturned. I compliment the investigative team in their diligence and dedication in uncovering the necessary evidence to charge this case. They truly spoke for the victim who could no longer speak for herself. The County Attorney’s Office played a significant role in this case and we truly appreciate their dedication and support. This case epitomizes what can be accomplished when law enforcement and the prosecutors work in concert for the victim”.
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