The State of Arizona not only brought the people the Orme School District and the Miranda decisions, but the State also brought the little known Glassel HOA board murders. This April will be the 21st anniversary of sentencing Glassel to death for the shooting murders of two directors, Nila R. Lynn, 69, and Esther LaPlante, 57, at a Ventana Lakes HOA board meeting in April 2000.
I followed this case from the very beginning during my first year as an HOA reform advocate. I had met and talked with Richard Glassel, his wife Susan, his Public Defender, Dr. Jack Potts the psychiatrist who evaluated Glassel as not competent to stand trial, and several reporters; I also attended and observed the 5 day murder trial in 2003.
A few years later about 2010, I don’t recall exactly when, I was approached by the Office of the State Capital Post-Conviction seeking my involvement with the Glassel trial. The Office reviews death penalty cases on behalf of the condemned. They asked if I would talk with Glassel, seemingly they were having a problem, and I responded by saying it would not help because I had tried to talk to him on the only day he appeared in court, but he was non-communicative, “living in his own world.” Its pending petition for case review was denied as a result of Glassel’s death in 2013.
For more detailed coverage, you can follow this 20/20, Dateline, 48 Hours style murder case at Glassel HOA Murders Redux.