Police nab mother of 4 in connection with 3 Phoenix murders - WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

Police nab mother of 4 in connection with 3 Phoenix murders

Posted: Updated:
  • More newsMore>>

  • GM issues 6 more safety recalls

    GM issues 6 more safety recalls

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:54:11 GMT
    General Motors is issuing six more recalls covering a total of almost 718,000 vehicles in the U.S.More >>
    General Motors issued six more recalls on Wednesday, bringing its annual total to 60 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles.More >>
  • US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

    US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:43:23 GMT
    Dozens of Palestinian families trapped by clashes between Hamas militants and Israeli troops are scrambling to flee a southern Gaza Strip neighborhood as Israel reported that two more of its soldiers have died in...More >>
    Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the top U.S. diplomat reported progress in efforts to end fighting that has so far killed more than 680 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.More >>
  • Malaysia jet victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands

    Malaysia jet victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:15 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:15:20 GMT
    Ukraine is preparing a departure ceremony for the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines disaster, which are being flown to the Netherlands.More >>
    Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind.More >>

It's been five years since police found the bodies of three men strangled to death in West Phoenix.

The case is still coming together but now at least two people have been arrested in connection to their murders.

In December 2007, Phoenix police came across a white Ford Explorer, abandoned on the west side of town.

"They were looking into towing this particular vehicle when they look in the vehicle, a little closer in this vehicle, and find three decomposing bodies inside," said St. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department.

The victims were identified as Jesus Terrazas, Fernando Bravo-Navarro and Julio Cesar Duran. Their bodies had been there for weeks.

Back then, investigators didn't have much to go on.

But over the course of the next five years, the grisly details started to surface, and earlier this month Analuisa Berber, 34, and Daniel Pina were the first two suspects in the case booked for murder and armed robbery.

"The two suspects who have been taken into custody were involved in setting up a drug deal for 250 pounds of marijuana," said Martos.

Court paperwork states on Nov. 27, 2007 Berber arranged a meeting at her Avondale home between the three victims who brought the drugs and fake buyers, which included Pina.

Turns out the buyers were actually a rip crew who went far beyond stealing the drugs.

"In essence, (they) used zip-ties around their neck to strangle all three victims," said Martos.

The bodies were loaded into the Explorer and dumped near an apartment complex on 103rd Avenue.

Berber's cut was allegedly 100 pounds of pot for her part of the deal.

She was arrested at the small office where she worked at Same Day Homes in Phoenix.

Records show the single mom owns several homes along with 14 cars.

Brian Russo is Berber's attorney who says the beautiful mother of four is not a murderer.

"We believe she's not guilty," said Russo. "It doesn't fit with what we've seen and what we've read and the person that we see."

The court documents are primarily based on one witness' account of what happened. That witness admitted he participated in the deadly crimes and is already behind bars for murder.

"Based on where the information is coming from, there's certainly going to be a credibility issue," said Russo.

Copyright 2012 KPHO CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Sidebar: Arizona mug shots

SLIDESHOW:  Mug shots

Powered by WorldNow