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Don Bolles murder 6/2/1976 Phoenix, AZ *Investigative reporter killed by a car bomb believed to have been ordered by the mob*

Don Bolles
Don Bolles

This was a complicated case, with several players. I hope I got the articles in order but probably not! But I tried. There was so much to go through and it was hard to keep straight.

Special Report: Don Bolles
Key players in the Bolles’ case
The Arizona Project
Confession breaks open Bolles murder conspiracy
Suspect In Bolles Murder Guilty
Two more charged n Bolles death
More Arrests Expected For Bolles Murder
Mistrial Declared in Bolles Case
Bolles Murder Trial Begins
Two convicted of Bolles’ murder
2 Sentenced to Death in Bomb Slaying of Bolles
2 convictions reversed in newsman Bolles’ death
Pressure mounts for retrial in Don Bolles murder case
Jury convicts Arizonan in Bolles car bombing death
Bombing convict sentenced to death
Reporter’s killer sentenced to die
Court Overturns Death Penalty in Arizona Murder
Builder guilty of Bolles’ murder
Conviction reversed in reporter’s death
Reverberations felt 30 years after Don Bolles’ death
Notorious ’76 bombing figure dies
Wikipedia: Don Bolles
The Murder of Investigative Reporter Don Bolles

Books
Don Bolles: An investigation into his murder

Defendants
John Harvey Adamson – convicted, sentenced to death, overturned, sentenced to 20 years in prison, released from prison 1996, died in 2002
Max Dunlap – convicted, sentenced to death, but overturned, then convicted again, sentenced to life in prison, died in prison 2009
James Robison – convicted, sentenced to death, but overturned, then acquitted; served 5 years in federal prison for trying to have Adamson killed

INMATE INFORMATION

JohnAdamson

Last Name: ADAMSON
First Name: JOHN
Middle Initial: H
Birth Date: 12/08/1943
Gender: MALE
Height (inches): 73
Weight: 175
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Ethnic Origin: CAUCASIAN
Sentence (yymmdd): 049/00/00
Admission: 03/30/1995
Prison Release Date: 08/12/1996
Max End Date: 08/12/1996
Release Type: ABSOLUTE RELEASE
Status: INACTIVE

Commitment Information 12 record(s)

Commit# Sentence Sentence County Court Cause# Offense Date Sentence Status Crime Crime Info Felony Class Ruling Verified
A01 DEATH MARICOPA 0093385 06/02/1976 VACATED MURDER; D/NR CL1 N YES
B01 0300000 PINAL 0094287 09/24/1975 VACATED AGGRAV ASSAULT & BATTERY; N/A OLD CODE N YES
B02 0300000 PINAL 0094287 09/24/1975 VACATED ASSAULT W DEADLY WEAPON; N/A OLD CODE N YES
B03 0100000 PINAL 0094287 09/24/1975 VACATED FALSE IMPRISONMENT; N/A OLD CODE N YES
B04 0150000 PINAL 0094287 09/24/1975 VACATED DEGREES OF CONSPIRACY; ASSAULT W DEADLY WEAPON; N/A OLD CODE N YES
B05 0140000 PINAL 0094287 09/24/1975 VACATED FORGERY; N/A OLD CODE N YES
B06 0140000 PINAL 0094287 09/24/1975 VACATED FORGERY; N/A OLD CODE N YES
B07 0140000 PINAL 0094287 09/24/1975 VACATED FORGERY; N/A OLD CODE N YES
B08 0140000 PINAL 0094287 09/24/1975 VACATED FORGERY; N/A OLD CODE N YES
B09 0140000 PINAL 0094287 09/24/1975 VACATED FORGERY; N/A OLD CODE N YES
C01 LIFE MARICOPA 0093385 06/02/1976 VACATED MURDER; D/NR CL1 N YES
D01 0490000 MARICOPA 0093385 06/02/1976 IMPOSED MURDER; D/NR CL1 Y YES
Sentence Information 10 record(s)

Commit# Sentence yyymmdd Admit Date Consec/ Concur Release Date(s) Supervision End Sentence Expiration Flat Maximum
A01 DEATH 11/14/1980 DEATH
B01 030/00/00 03/08/1982 Consecutive:A01
B02 030/00/00 03/08/1982 Concurrent:B01
B03 010/00/00 03/08/1982 Concurrent:B02
B04 015/00/00 03/08/1982 Concurrent:B03
B05 014/00/00 03/08/1982 Concurrent:B04
B06 014/00/00 03/08/1982 Concurrent:B05
B07 014/00/00 03/08/1982 Concurrent:B06
B08 014/00/00 03/08/1982 Concurrent:B07
B09 014/00/00 03/08/1982 Concurrent:B08

INMATE INFORMATION

MaxDunlap prison mug

Last Name: DUNLAP
First Name: MAX
Middle Initial: A
Birth Date: 05/21/1929
Gender: MALE
Height (inches): 71
Weight: 245
Hair Color: GRAY
Eye Color: BLUE
Ethnic Origin: CAUCASIAN
Sentence: LIFE
Admission: 01/07/1994
Prison Release Date: 07/21/2009
Max End Date: LIFE
Release Type: DEATH
Status: INACTIVE

Commitment Information 4 record(s)

Commit# Sentence Sentence County Court Cause# Offense Date Sentence Status Crime Crime Info Felony Class Ruling Verified
A01 DEATH MARICOPA 0096127 06/10/1976 VACATED MURDER; N/A OLD CODE N YES
A03 0300000 MARICOPA 0096127 06/10/1976 VACATED MURDER; DEGREES OF CONSPIRACY; N/A OLD CODE N YES
B01 LIFE MARICOPA 9013262 06/02/1976 IMPOSED MURDER; N/A OTHER Y YES
B02 0020000 MARICOPA 9013262 10/01/1978 IMPOSED OBSTRUCT CRIM INVEST/ PROSC; CONSPIRACY; ND/NR CL5 N YES
Sentence Information 4 record(s)

Commit# Sentence yyymmdd Admit Date Consec/ Concur Release Date(s) Supervision End Sentence Expiration Flat Maximum
A01 DEATH 01/11/1978 DEATH
A03 030/00/00 01/11/1978 Concurrent:A01 Parole:01/15/1987 11/30/2000 01/15/2007
B01 LIFE 01/11/1978 Parole:12/03/2014 LIFE
B02 002/00/00 01/11/1978 Concurrent:B01 Parole:12/03/1990 12/03/1991

INMATE INFORMATION

JamesRobison

Name: JAMES ALBERT ROBISON
Register#: 50870098
Age-Race-Sex: 90-White-M
Release Date: 04/24/1998
Location: RELEASED

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