FLORENCE, Ariz. — Prosecutors planned to seek the death penalty for a Casa
Grande woman accused of killing her teenage daughter and trying to poison her
three other children last Christmas Day.
Connie Villa is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of
her 13-year-old daughter and four counts of attempted murder of her three
younger children and of her ex-husband.
Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles filed a notice of intent Tuesday to seek the
death penalty in the state’s case.
A status review hearing was scheduled for July 15 in Pinal County Superior
According to Casa Grande police, the 36-year-old Villa didn’t want her
ex-husband to have custody of the children.
Villa told investigators she suffocated her oldest daughter when the girl
wouldn’t take prescription narcotic drugs.