On March 10, Isidro Meza was shot and killed in front of his home on West Dunlap Road in Buckeye, near South Verrado Way and Lower Buckeye Road.
Evangelina Meza, Isidro’s widow, said her husband was “murdered” by a neighbor—who she claims is shown walking to and away from her house on security camera footage. (She said there is no footage of Isidro Meza being shot.)
She said she has been asking the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for information on the case.
On Sept. 23, she received a letter. It was not what she wanted to hear.
“An attorney has reviewed the report and has made the decision to decline prosecution. After all of the information available was carefully considered, the reviewing attorney determined that the filing of a criminal charge was not appropriate,” said the letter, signed by Deputy County Attorney Bob Shutts.
The letter noted she could call the county attorney’s office to discuss the case.
Instead, Evangelina called a press conference.
She protested the decision, insisting investigators failed to interview key witnesses—including her 18-year-old son, who, she said, played a key role in the tragic day’s incidents.
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about my husband’s case and seek justice for him,” Evangelina said to reporters on a video conference.
“On March 10, my husband was murdered by a neighbor on our property,” she said.
Earlier that day, she said, her 18-year-old son went to look for the family’s dog. “This neighbor, who later killed my husband, was upset and followed (her son) to our property. He tried fighting with him on multiple occasions,” she said.
“The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was called; they did not show up. Later that evening, about 5 o’clock, my husband is killed while my 9-year-old daughter was inside the house. ... The last thing we know is my husband calling my son and saying, ‘The neighbors are coming—they’re looking for trouble.’ My son gets home and his dad is dead on the ground.”
Evangelina said she was out of the country at the time.
Asked by the West Valley View if her husband was armed with a gun, Evangelina declined to answer. She also declined to name the neighbor she said killed her husband.
“We don’t want to get into those details. I don’t want to have my client discuss those right now,” said Marcus Ismael, Evangelina’s attorney.
Evangelina complained about a lack of information on the case.
“Since day one, the communication from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has not been there. Up until today, we have not been able to get the police report, the video cam—nothing,” she said.
“I don’t know if they feel my husband was just another Hispanic that was killed and they can just forget about it.”
The West Valley View requested a copy of the MCSO investigation.
As of press time, it had not been provided.