Update: Frank Roque Pleads Guilty to Shooting Death of Balbir Singh Sodhi

June 29, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic


On June 29, 2003 The Arizona Republic reported that "consumed with hatred after the World Trade Center terrorist attacks, murder defendant Frank Roque vowed repeatedly to kill Muslims... Even Roque's defense concedes he shot a Sikh gas station owner to death and committed drive-by shootings at a Lebanese-owned gas station and an Iraqi man's home... But was Roque an angry racist on a one-man crime spree or a mentally ill man who snapped during a national calamity? That's expected to be the key question for jurors to decide when Roque's trial begins July 21."