Originally Published: February 20, 2018 9:02 p.m.
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — A Mohave County Superior Court judge has accepted a decision by Arizona state prosecutors to no longer seek the death penalty they had earlier sought for a man charged with killing an 8-year-old girl in Bullhead City.
Court documents show that Judge Lee F. Jantzen agreed Tuesday to accept the motion by prosecutors to withdraw their intention to seek the death penalty for Justin James Rector. They have said they nevertheless will still seek a first-degree murder conviction whenever Rector's long-delayed trial is held.
The Bullhead City man is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, child abuse and abandonment of a dead body in the September 2014 death of Isabella Grogan-Cannella.
She was strangled and her partially clothed body was found in a shallow grave near her Bullhead City home.
More like this story
- Trial date set in 2014 killing of 8-year-old Bullhead City girl
- Arizona man pleads not guilty in girl's death
- Man seeks to represent himself in alleged kidnapping, murder of 8-year-old girl
- Man charged with killing 8-year-old Arizona girl pleads guilty
- New attorney assigned to Arizona man facing death penalty