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Crime shocked community more than 25 years ago

 

PHOENIX – A prominent physician who delivered more than 5,000 babies in Kingman before he killed two people in 1992 has been denied his request for parole.

 

Arizona’s Board of Executive Clemency voted 4-0 on Monday to reject the 86-year-old’s first bid for freedom.

Michael Kogianes has been in custody awaiting trial or at the Department of Corrections since he shot and killed his estranged wife Deborah Kogianes, 36, and John Brown, 37 in 1992.

Kogianes said at trial that he was upset by news that Brown was disciplining his children while in a relationship with Deborah, but that he didn’t actually recall shooting either victim.

Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith was the prosecutor then and he said it was disturbing that Kogianes drove his 17-year-old son to what became a murder scene and that the shootings took place in the presence of the Kogianes’ seven-year-old twins.

Kogianes was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in 1994 before he was admitted to the Department of Corrections in March of that year. He must wait a year before he gets another parole hearing.

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