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Tison v. Arizona
Citation:481 U.S. 137 (1987)
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The Tison brothers developed a plan to break their father and his cellmate out of prison. They brought a cooler full of guns to the prison, and helped their father and his cellmate escape. During the drive away from the prison, the car got a flat tire and the group was stranded on the side of the road. A family stopped to help, and the escapees kidnapped the family, stole their car, and drove them to the middle of the desert. The Tison brothers watched their father and his cellmate shoot the family to death, leaving them in the middle of the desert.
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