While Sanchez and two others hid in the bushes, a co-defendant, Lorenzo Schrijver, rang the doorbell. Diener answered, Schrijver told him his car had broken down and Diener went to get his cell phone. He returned and handed it to Schrijver.
Sanchez came out of the shadows and ordered Diener to the ground at gunpoint.
According to court documents, Diener grabbed the gun, crying "No, no, no.'' He and Sanchez wrestled over the gun. Sanchez fired, hitting Diener in the groin area and fracturing his hip. Diener fell to the ground, pleading for help. Sanchez backed up and shot Diener in the chest.
Sanchez shot Diener a third time, hitting him in the neck and shoulder. The suspects fled and Diener was pronounced dead at the scene.
Several people told police that Sanchez talked to them about the shooting, bragging to one person that he shot the victim "for fun.'' Less than three weeks later, all four suspects were arrested. Schrijver and another co-defendant,
, cooperated with police and identified Sanchez as the killer.
Schrijver and Baker were sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison for third-degree murder. The third participant,
, was sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder.
Sanchez, now 24, was sentenced to death in
. Sanchez's execution has been scheduled for
stabbed to death 22-year-old
Kathy Lynn Fair
, a young mother who was reported missing on
Sept. 4, 1982
In 1988, six years after Fair's disappearance, skeletal remains were discovered in a remote, wooded area of
. A pathologist identified the remains to be those of Fair, concluding that she died from multiple stab wounds to the chest from a short, single-edged weapon, most likely a knife.
Several months after Fair went missing, two young women, ages 15 and 19, were brutally and repeatedly stabbed by an assailant with a short, singled-edged knife in
. One of the two victims was raped.
The teenagers were left for dead not far from the place where Fair's remains were discovered. Both survived the attack and identified May, who had given them a ride from a party earlier that evening, as their assailant. For this crime, May was convicted and sentenced to 15 to 35 years in prison.