Police: Fourth Arizona Homicide May Be Linked to Steven Pitt Shooting

Police link killings of Phoenix psychiatrist, 2 paralegals
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A fourth fatal shooting in Phoenix on Saturday may be linked to the deaths of three others, including prominent forensic psychiatrist Dr. Steven Pitt, police said.

The Scottsdale Police Department said it received a call on Saturday about a man found dead inside an office building housing offices for counselors and therapists, and believe the death may be connected to several other murders that took place this week, the Arizona Republic reported.

Karen Kolbe rented the office space to Saturday’s shooting victim, whom she said was psychologist and counselor Marshall Levine.

Police are investigating whether the fatal shooting is connected to three others that took place this week, including one that killed Dr. Pitt—the forensic psychologist whose claim to fame was working on the investigation into the murder of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey.

Ramsey, who starred in beauty pageants, made national headlines in 1996 when she had been found dead in her parents home in Boulder, Colorado. Prosecutors cleared Ramsey’s parents and her brother of wrongdoing in 2008 based on DNA testing.

Police say Pitt had been slain Thursday outside his office. The other two victims—Veleria Sharp, 48, and Laura Anderson, 49—were shot on Friday at the law office where they worked. Both victims worked as paralegals.

Authorities say they do not yet know the identity of the shooter, although they do have a sketch of a balding adult male with “a dark-colored hat.”

 

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