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Penalty phase begins for Gilbert officer’s killer

Gilbert lawmakers vote against texting ban PAGE 9 Sunday, April 21, 2019

'Lemon law'

BY JIM WALSH GSN Staff Writer

NEWS................................... 6 E-scooter companies face deadline in Gilbert.

COMMUNITY.............. 17 Artist putting George Washington on the map.

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he nine year wait for justice in the Jan. 28, 2010 slaying of Gilbert police Lt. Eric Shuhandler is finally over. A Maricopa County Superior Court jury last week found Christopher Angel Redondo, 44, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Shuhandler during a traffic stop at a shopping center near Val Vista Drive and Baseline Road. Jurors immediately started working on their next decision – whether to sentence Redondo to death or another life term in one of the East Valley’s most notorious and cold-blooded crimes this century. In Arizona, only juries can impose death sentences. Redondo already is serving life without possibility of parole in the unrelated March 2009 slaying of Ernie Singh in Miami in Gila County. Redondo’s trial in Shuhandler’s slaying was delayed for years over defense claims that he is mentally incompetent to stand trial. Although Redondo was found competent at least three times, signaling that

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Gilbert Bistro expanding hours, menu

COMMUNITY.................. 17 BUSINESS...................... 23 OPINION........................ 26 SPORTS.......................... 29 GETOUT......................... 32 CLASSIFIED................... 35

(Kimberly Carrillo/GSN Staff Photographer)

Conservatives rally on Town’s front lawn BY CECILLA CHAN AND JIM WALSH GSN Staff

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Garrett Glover of Gilbert may soon make Arizona Legislature history by his efforts, with the help of Rep. Warren Petersen, to get lemonade declared the state beverage. To find out why Garrett hasn't soured on the process , see page 17.

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acek Spendel founded Project Arizona three years ago to push liberty in countries where there are none. He does that by bringing six students each year to Arizona from the Eastern Bloc or Socialist countries to study ideas of liberty and how to implement them when they return home. “The cause of liberty is universal,” said Spendel, who is from Poland. “If you guys fall as Americans what examples can we follow?” Spendel was one of more than a dozen speakers at last week’s Patriotism Over So-

cialism rally at Gilbert Civic Center. The speakers focused their attacks largely against undocumented immigrants and socialism. Gilbert officials, who last year officially adopted as its nickname Kindness USA, made it clear the rally was a private event not associated with the town. The event coordinators went through the town’s Special Event permitting process to rent the Municipal Complex’s site for $700, according to town spokeswoman Jennifer Harrison. The fee included $450 for a full-day rental cost, $100 for a permit and $150 for six hours of having staff onsite. Gilbert resident Kevin Jackson, a former Fox contributor, author, radio host and founder of

Tea Party Community put together the free event. It featured local conservative heavyweights such as U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs of Mesa; former state Sen. Russell Pearce of Mesa, the architect of SB 1070, a strict anti-immigration legislation that passed nine years ago; and Kelli Ward, chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party and an unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Senate. A few hundred people attended the threehour event on Tax Day, turning it into a semblance of a Trump campaign rally with signs and banners proclaiming “Re-elect Trump

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