Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles files Notice of Intent to Seek Death in case against Connie Villa, 35 of Casa Grande
Florence (6/3/2014) - This morning, Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles filed a Notice of Intent to Seek the Death Penalty in the State's case against Connie Villa, 36 of Casa Grande.
Below, please find the press release, originally distributed in early-January regarding the announcement of charges.
Voyles issued the following statement, "The decision to seek the death penalty is made only after a review of the unique factual circumstances of each particular case and after consideration and review of the statutory aggravating and mitigating factors. Further, a decision, such as this, is made without regard to any personal characteristic of the accused such as race, religion, gender, age, or national origin."
A status review hearing has been set for July 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm in Pinal County Superior Court.
Connie Villa is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Voyles: Connie Villa, 35 of Casa Grande, faces 11 charges
FLORENCE, AZ (1/8/14) – On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles announced 11 felony counts filed against Connie Villa, 35 of Casa Grande, including first degree murder and four counts of attempted first degree murder.
The Casa Grande Police Department and Pinal County Attorney’s Office worked closely throughout CGPD’s investigation of the alleged Christmas Day incident resulting in the death of a 13 year old girl.
On Monday, January 6, the Pinal County Grand Jury returned a True Bill and Pinal County Attorney Voyles filed an indictment against Villa with charges to include one count of premeditated First Degree Murder, a class 1 felony; four counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, class 2 felonies; one count of Kidnapping, a class 2 felony; and four counts of Child Abuse, class 2 felonies.
The eleventh charge, often referred to as felony murder, represents an alternative charge to Count One, premeditated First Degree Murder, as it accuses Villa of committing the crime of Child Abuse and in the course, furtherance, or immediate flight from that offense she committed murder.
All but one count carries an additional allegation of domestic violence and another 10 charges signify Dangerous Crimes Against Children.
Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles stated, “Tragedy from abuse strikes far too many families, and unfortunately, the holidays often represent an increase in domestic violence cases. In Pinal, I seek to administer justice for all crime victims as they remain my top priority.”
Villa is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. She remains held non-bondable at the Pinal County Jail.
For more information, contact Jim Knupp at 520.866.6573 or by email at email@example.com.