Fourth Arizona Homicide May Be Linked to Steven Pitt Shooting

Geraldine Edwards
June 5, 2018

Police said an acquaintance found Marshall Levine, a 72-year-old psychologist and counselor, dead of a gunshot wound in his office, roughly halfway between the sites of the previous shootings.

All four were killed at their offices - Pitt near Scottsdale and Bell roads in Phoenix on Thursday; Sharp and Anderson near First and 75th streets in Scottsdale on Friday and Levine near Mountain View and Hayden roads, also in Scottsdale, early Saturday.

Steven Pitt, a prominent forensic psychiatrist who had consulted in high-profile murder cases, was shot outside his office in broad daylight Thursday afternoon.

- As police closed in, a man suspected of gunning down four people over the past few days shot himself to death Monday, ending a killing spree that included the deaths of a prominent psychiatrist, two paralegals and a marriage-and-divorce counselor.

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Pitt, 59, assisted in the investigation into the 1996 death of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, who was found dead at her home in Boulder, Colorado.

At a Monday afternoon press briefing, law enforcement said they started tracking Jones on Saturday night.

'Our investigation has determined that this double homicide is related to the shooting of Steven Pitt on May 31, 2018, in Phoenix, ' Scottsdale police said in a statement. She said she has feared for her safety for the past nine years. However, after police identified Jones as their suspect it became known that he had been in the area of the home in the 14900 block of Kit Fox Place. Hours later, a man was found shot to death in another office in Scottsdale. And traffic cameras showed a vehicle fitting the description of Jones' gold Mercedes near the law firm 30 minutes before the double killing on Friday, police said.

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They say all of the shootings have been linked either by DNA evidence, ballistics or Jones sightings. One of the women, who was shot in the head, was able to stagger outside and flag down a bus driver before she died.

The hunt for a man suspected in up to six murders in Arizona came to a violent end Monday.

Pitt was found dead near Scottsdale after witnesses reported hearing a loud argument and gunfire outside his office. Her intellect, passion and friendship has meant more to us than we can even begin to convey. Police told AZcentral that they were confident Levine's death was related to the others, but it was unclear how he might have been connected to Jones.

"He was willing to dedicate himself to this, and he put aside the risk to do what he did", she said. Officers, meanwhile, followed a blood trail back to the business and found the other woman.

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Instead, he divided his time between his work and his love for hiking, traveling and spending time with his family. Police confirmed that the suspect did see Pitt in connection with his divorce.

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