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    AZ - Isabella Grogan-Cannella, 8, Bullhead City, 2 September 2014 - #5


    Isabella Neveah Grogan-Cannella

    Isabella Grogan-Cannella: Staring at monsters
    William Pitts, 12 News azcentral.com
    6:14 a.m. MST September 5, 2014

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    Isabella Grogan-Cannella was buried here. She'd been missing for days and the Bullhead City Police Department had gotten help from almost every agency you can think of: FBI, county sheriffs, even the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They'd all searched the neighborhood, neighbors searched their own small backyards. There'd been no signs of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Isabella's sister had been home and never heard a thing. She'd gone to the bathroom and when she came back -- Bella was gone. So was her mom's friend Justin Rector.
    'Family Friend' Arrested for Murder of Arizona Girl Isabella Grogan-Cannella
    First published September 4th 2014, 12:50 pm
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    Early Thursday morning, Justin James Rector, 26, of Bullhead City, was arrested for kidnapping and first-degree murder, Bullhead City Police said.

    On Wednesday, a shallow grave was discovered by a tracking unit with the Mohave County Search and Rescue Team near Chaparral and Newberry Drive in Bullhead City, which is close to Grogan-Cannella's home. The body has since been identified as the girl's, police said.

    http://www.mohavedailynews.com/laugh...9bb2963f4.html


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    Thank you for the new thread, Greater Than....
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    KINGMAN — A Superior Court judge ruled Friday that factors could be presented to the jury in the trial of a Bullhead City man accused of killing a young girl.
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    On the second anniversary of Grogan-Cannella’s death, Deputy Mohave County Attorney Greg McPhillips argued three aggravated factors for a jury to decide whether to sentence Rector to death. One factor is that there were other serious crimes committed during the murder including kidnapping and child abuse.

    The other factors include that the murder was cruel and heinous and that the victim was under the age of 15. Only one of 14 aggravating factors needs to be proven to seek the death penalty.
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    Rector’s attorney, Gerald Gavin, argued that there was no evidence of sexual abuse and there was no evidence the murder was cruel or heinous compared to other death row inmates whose victims were tortured over time. He argued that Bella’s murder was a quick instance. Gavin did concede the factor that Bella was under the age of 15.


    http://www.mohavedailynews.com/news/...5b1dae9cd.html
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    WARNING: link contains GRAPHIC DETAILS - redacted in respect to the victim

    Detective reveals murdered Bullhead City girl was sexually assaulted

    Story by Bob Leal
    Monday, September 5, 2016

    KINGMAN – A Bullhead City Police detective in a hearing Friday contradicted a long held – and repeatedly reported – aspect of the now-two-year-old murder of 8-year-old Bella Grogan-Cannella, whose partially clad body was discovered in a shallow grave Sept. 2, 2014.

    The initial report from the Mohave County Medical Examiner indicated there was no physical evidence that Grogan-Cannella had been sexually assaulted when her autopsy was conducted, but Detective Brandon Grasse said (Redacted - click link for GRAPHIC DETAILS)

    Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith determined the state would seek the death penalty against Justin James Rector, the man accused of killing her, and on Friday Judge Lee Jantzen decided there were aggravating circumstances that support Smith’s position.

    Jantzen reset the jury trial for May 1, 2017. It was originally scheduled for October of this year. Both the defense attorney and prosecutor were instructed by Jantzen to provide written updates to him Nov. 4.

    The aggravating factors included the girl’s age and the cruelty involved in the way Rector allegedly killed Bella were enough for Jantzen to rule it a death penalty case.
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    Prosecutor Greg McPhillips asked Grasse to comment on the autopsy and how Bella died.
    “Asphyxia due to strangulation,” Grasse said. (Redacted - click link for GRAPHIC DETAILS)
    “It was cruel and it was horrible,” said McPhillips.
    Defense attorney Gerald Gavin of Mesa told Jantzen he didn’t know Grasse was going to testify and that he wanted a two-week delay so he could have time to question Grasse’s testimony. He was denied.
    “It’s time to move forward on this case,” said Jantzen.
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    Does that mean she was sexually assaulted prior to being murdered? I'm confused that the ME said there was no sexual assault.


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    I don't think it surprises any of us who followed poor Bella's case, about this "new" information. So hard to believe it was already 2 years ago

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    BULLHEAD CITY — Parks personnel completed the installation at Bella’s Rock Garden with a memorial stone honoring the garden’s namesake and all children lost to neglect and abuse.

    “I could have never imagined it would turn into this lovely place,” said Rose Fox, creator of the garden. “I couldn’t be happier. The city workers have done an amazing job and I can’t thank them enough for all their help.
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    Fueled by social media, Bella’s Rock Garden grew to hundreds of decorated rocks, some sent from as far away as Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which were placed in a heart-shaped memorial near Don Sullivan Pavilion at Rotary Park.
    http://www.mohavedailynews.com/news/...f038bc598.html

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    Rector on track for May trial

    Rector’s attorney, Gerald Gavin, said the case is proceeding with numerous documents being collected and interviews being conducted. Several dozen more interviews still need to be completed.

    Gavin also said he is trying to negotiate with a half-dozen mitigation experts to testify on his client’s behalf at trial.
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    Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen set a deadline of Jan. 13 for the defense to provide its list of mitigation experts to the prosecutor. Jantzen also set Rector’s next hearing for Jan. 27.

    Jantzen also said he does not want to postpone Rector’s trial any longer. Rector’s trial is set for May 1, 2017.
    http://www.mohavedailynews.com/news/...d68c005f8.html



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