Patrick W. Bearup

Patrick W. Bearup - Patrick Bearup, 29, was convicted of killing Mark Mathes, 40. Mathes was beaten, shot and thrown off a cliff in the remote Crown King area north of Phoenix. Bearup, Sean Gaines, Jeremy Johnson and Jessica Nelson beat and shot Mathes in February 2002. Mathes and Nelson were living together at the time of the killing, and Nelson suspected Mathes of stealing money from her. She asked Gaines, Bearup and Johnson for help, and the four plotted to "take care of this matter." Johnson and Nelson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and kidnapping charges. Gaines is awaiting trial.

May 25, 2010 6:00 pm  • 

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