SURPRISE, Ariz. — A July 23 trial has been set for two people accused of
participating in a marijuana robbery in Surprise that ended with the death of
Court records show 29-year-old Jesse Gillen and 30-year-old Stephanie Conley
pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges in the Aug. 6 death
of Shawn Ryan at a home where hundreds of marijuana plants were found.
A man living at the house told police he was shot after refusing to sell
marijuana to three men who had come to his home and presented fake medical
Police said a knife fight then ensued among the wounded man and Ryan, and Ryan
died at the scene.
Gillen and Conley told police they were kidnapped and forced to take part in