Robert Ward Frazier
Facts of the Crime:
Frazier was convicted for the rape and murder of Kathleen Aiello-Loreck. On May 13, 2003, he waited on a walking path for his victim to appear, then bludgeoned her to death with a fence post. DNA evidence tied Frazier to the crime. Defense attorneys said Frazier did attack Aiello-Loreck, he did not plan the crime. The defense also argued mental illness during the penalty phase. Frazier tried to fire his attorneys throughout the trial, but the judge would not allow it. On June 21, 2006, a jury convicted Frazier of murder, rape and sodomy.
A judge sentenced Frazier to death in Contra Costa County on December 15, 2006.