Quartzsite, Arizona - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the arrest of 27-year-old Thomas Daniel on charges of First Degree Premeditated Murder and Arson. A State Grand Jury indicted Daniel for his alleged involvement in the murder of 65-year-old Linda Garrett, a long-time resident of Quartzsite, Arizona.
At their request, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office began assisting the Quartzsite Police Department with their investigation in 2015. The Quartzsite PD arrested Daniel on Monday, June 20, 2016.
On August 23, 2012, at 8:40pm, Quartzsite Police and Fire Department responded to a trailer fire in Quartzsite. During firefighting operations, firefighters located and recovered the deceased body of Linda Garrett. An autopsy determined Garrett suffered and died from several stab wounds.
DNA evidence led to Daniel's arrest. A judge set Daniel’s bond at $500,000.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Shawn Steinberg.
All defendants are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.