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Feb. 10, 2014

Phillip Powell. (Silent Witness Photo)

Phillip Powell, 52, lived in an apartment on 36th Street south of Thomas.

"He was found dead inside that apartment," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Darren Burch, "Unfortunately, he was beaten to death and we have no suspect information."

Powell was murdered four days before Christmas 2009. All detectives really know about Powell is that he has a brother who lives out of state and that he had a lot of friends who visited him at his apartment regularly. They don't know who would want him dead.

Burch believes the key to this case is Powell's picture. He encouraged anyone who may have known him, seen him or knew someone who knew him to call police.

To read more about this case, click here.


Our next case involves a tatted-up gunman and a taxi driver who refused to play along. It happened on Jan. 5, 2014.


The robbery suspect is show. (Silent Witness Photo)

"The crime actually starts out at Indian School and 19th Avenue where he gets a taxi and then goes to the Dunkin' Donuts at Thomas and 23rd Avenue where he commits an armed robbery," said Burch.

The suspect told the person working the counter that he had a gun and he was not playing. The robber took the money and ran out the door where he tried to flee in the waiting taxi, but the driver wanted nothing to do with him so the suspect took off on foot.

To read more about this case, click here.

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More on what you do (at work): I put up with Mac & Gaydos every day as well as writing and anchoring newscasts and doing some reporting. I also produce Silent Witness which airs every Monday morning.

Education: I started in radio during high school and kept with it. I also graduated from modeling school, but quickly realized it isn't what I love to do…radio is.

Family: Married. One pet…a cat named Molly (but she thinks her name is Princess).

Favorite food: I love anything cheesy or chocolatey.

Favorite spot in Arizona: Our family cabin in Strawberry.

Favorite news memory: Too many to list but I remember one time I helped rescue a litter of puppies found in a hole on an empty lot…

Favorite movie: I like too many to list any one as a favorite. I don't like sad movies so my LEAST favorite is Marley & Me!

First job: Washing dishes at the restaurant my friend's parents owned when I was 13.

First concert: Rick Springfield at the Arizona State Fair in 1981.

#1 sports team: Suns, Diamondbacks and Cardinals

Outside interests: I sing with the band at church, I bake, I read and I treasure hunt at thrift stores and yard sales. I also love to travel…but not if I have to drive.

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