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The sentencing of a man who pleaded guilty in a double murder that stunned a retirement community in Surprise has been postponed until Sept. 1.
Andrew Thomas Lauro, 26, of Goodyear, pleaded guilty in May to two first-degree murder charges and a first-degree burglary charge.
Friends Barbara Leslie, 70, and Ruth Schwed, 75, were discovered dead in Leslie’s Sun City Grand home on Feb. 9, 2016. Schwed had been visiting Leslie from Albuquerque.
Lauro was arrested in the Phoenix area on Feb. 19, 2016. Montez Lavell Wright III, 24, was arrested in Michigan on suspicion of being his accomplice.
Wright faces murder, burglary and theft charges. His trial was expected to begin Sept. 19.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Erin Otis postponed Lauro’s sentencing so that next of kin could be available for victim impact statements.
Court documents in the case have been sealed.
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