News Update!!: Kingman, AZ: Superior Court Judge denied moving Justin James Rector’s murder trial elsewhere.
A Superior Court Judge in Kingman, Arizona ruled on Friday, October 2nd, 2015 has denied a request to move a murder trial elsewhere for the suspect accused of killing a little girl in September 2014.
The suspect, 27 year old Justin James Rector, is accused of killing 8 year old Isabella “Bella” Grogan Cannella on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 and leaving her body in a shallow grave near her Lakeside Drive home in Bullhead City, Arizona.
Justin James Rector is charged with first degree murder, kidnapping, child abuse, and abandonment of a dead body.
Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen ruled that media coverage has not been outrageous and has not created a carnival like atmosphere, and denied a motion filed by Justin James Rector’s Attorney Gerald Gavin to change the murder trial’s location to another county.
Justin James Rector’s Attorney Gerald Gavin argued that seating an impartial jury would be nearly impossible because of the gravity of the allegations against him.
But, Prosecutor Gregory McPhillips says the defense attorneys had no evidence to support their request for moving the trial out of Mohave County, Arizona.
Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen wrote in an order that the court has ways to ensure that Justin James Rector’s case is heard by a fair and impartial jury. Jantzen also denied several other defense motions.
Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen denied several items, including denied a motion to insulate the jury by not releasing their personal information, denied was a motion to ban contact between the judge and the jury after the verdict is read, and denied a motion to allow Justin James Rector access to a laptop computer in his cell at all times to review his case, denied Justin James Rector’s objections to the death penalty, and denied a motion to ban law enforcement officers from wearing their uniforms or displaying their weapons in the courtroom.
Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen granted a defense motion allowing a delay in Justin James Rector’s mental health exam until relevant records can be obtained.
Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen will rule on other pending motions and set future hearings to argue motions if necessary.
Justin James Rector’s next status hearing for Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, and Justin James Rector’s murder trial is set to begin on Monday, October 17th, 2016, with a pre-trial hearing set for Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016.
Isabella “Bella” Grogan Cannella was reported missing on the morning of Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 sparking a whole community of people searching for the missing girl.
On Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014, a tracking unit from the Mohave County Search and Rescue came across a body in a shallow grave near her Lakeside Drive home.
Authorities later confirmed that the body found was that of missing Isabella “Bella” Grogan Cannella.
On Thursday, September 4th, 2014, Bullhead City Police Department made an arrest in connection to the disappearance of 8 year old Isabella “Bella” Grogan Cannella.
Justin James Rector was arrest and later charged with first degree murder, kidnapping, child abuse and abandonment of a dead body in the kidnapping and murder of 8 year old Isabella “Bella” Grogan Cannella.
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