Pima County District Attorney Says Arizona Needs ‘Red Flag’ Laws | Criminal law

TUCSON (KVOA) — The county attorney has responded to criticism leveled at his office for failing to prosecute a former University of Arizona student suspected of killing Professor Thomas Meixner nearly two weeks ago.

On Monday, President Robert Robbins sent a letter to the University of Arizona community explaining the steps being taken to prevent Murad Dervish from returning to campus.

Included in the letter, U of A police sent cases to the Pima County District Attorney’s Office involving the alleged killer.

The incident happened nearly two weeks ago at the Harshbarger Building.

Details of the suspect and his alleged threatening behavior are also revealed and what some believe to be the failure of the Pima County District Attorney’s office to prosecute.

“I’m so sorry for the loss everyone is experiencing right now,” County District Attorney Laura Conover told News 4 Tucson.

Dr. Meixner was the head of the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences. Many remember him as a generous man who wanted to make this world a better place.

“It was a huge loss for the whole community,” Conover said.

Conover said the information sent by UA police in a postal packet did not provide enough information to prosecute Murad Dervish who had been expelled from the university.

“We can quarterback Monday morning and we can say we wish the county attorney’s office had been brought to the table. We wish we had been informed, we wish we had MHST been involved in mental health.” , Conover said. But that didn’t happen.

“There were harassment injunctions which were granted but never served. If we had been able to file a criminal complaint, it would have been in the same envelope with the injunctions with the gendarmes’ office which were never served”, she said.

She also mentioned that Arizona does not have a “red flag” law.

“When you have a case like this that has all the ‘red flags’ on the books, we don’t have the tools.”

She promised that for the next year she would be talking a lot about ‘red flag laws’

“Until we have that, we’re running out of tools in Arizona that we need, and I fear these incidents will happen again.”

Dervish is currently behind bars in Pima County Jail for first degree murder and aggravated assault.