Dale Hausner didn’t stray far from his Mesa apartment to commit the last two shootings of a 14-month crime spree. Although most of the shootings attributed to him were in the West Valley and Phoenix, he left a special needs woman dead and a bicyclist wounded near his home.
He was convicted in both of those July 2006 shootings and 80 counts in all, in an 87-count indictment, including six counts of first-degree murder.
One of the murder counts was Robin Blasnek, 22, who was gunned down July 30, 2006, at the corner of Grandview Drive and Gilbert Road as she walked to a friend’s house.
She was just six houses from her destination. Hausner was less than three miles from his apartment on McKellips Road.
According to testimony of co-defendant Samuel Dieteman, he and Hausner had been to a grocery store and decided to drive around to shoot somebody.
Dieteman said they spotted Blasnek walking alone along Gilbert Road in pajamas and slippers talking on her cell phone.
“When we saw her, Dale got excited,” said Dieteman, who pleaded guilty to Blasnek’s death and the May 2, 2006, shooting death of Claudia Gutierrez-Cruz in Scottsdale. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.
Hausner was at the wheel of his car and made several U-turns waiting for the traffic to clear so he could take a shot at Blasnek.
Dieteman said Hausner fired a .410 shotgun once from at her.
She died on the sidewalk as neighbors who heard the shot came to comfort her.
Eight days earlier in Hausner’s apartment, he was stewing over Dieteman’s shoplifting arrest hours earlier, Dieteman said.
“Let’s go for a drive,” Dieteman quoted Hausner as saying. “Somebody’s going to pay.”
Raul Garcia paid the price at about 4:30 a.m., near the intersection of Brown Road and Stapley Drive.
“He was slowly riding a bicycle,” Dieteman said.
Hausner pulled the trigger on that shooting, Dieteman said.
Dieteman admitted to shooting Cruz, his first killing and the only other shooting in the East Valley.
Police were onto the pair just after Blasnek’s murder and bugged their apartment, went through their trash and kept them under surveillance until their arrest Aug. 4, 2006.
Some of the most damning evidence against the pair came in connection with Blasnek.
Police found a Dr. Pepper can with a .410 shell rattling around inside their trash.
Dieteman testified that Hausner typically got rid of spent shells from their shootings right away, usually by just throwing them out the car window.
Hausner, whose favorite drink was Dr. Pepper, forgot about the shell after shooting Blasnek and then stuffed it into the can when he later realized he still had it.
Hausner also wrote her name down on pieces of paper police found in their apartment.
Dieteman’s testimony showed they were obsessive about the media coverage of the shootings, and Dieteman said Hausner wrote Blasnek’s name down the first time they heard it on the news.