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Suspect in Arizona couple’s killing indicted, could face death penalty

PHOENIX — The suspected killer of an Arizona couple reported missing has been indicted on murder charges.

Jose Ignacio Valenzuela, 38, was arrested July 2 after two bodies were dug up from his Maricopa, Arizona, home’s backyard. The bodies were believed to be those of Michael and Tina Careccia, also of Maricopa.

The couple had disappeared June 22 and a weeklong search began.

Valenzuela told authorities he shot them to death while he was high on methamphetamine.

He was indicted last week and will be arraigned Friday, according to the Pinal County Attorney’s office. Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said, while his office is reviewing the case, Valenzuela could face the death penalty. Voyles said has 60 days after
Valenzuela’s arraignment to file notice to seek the death penalty.

Valenzuela has been assigned a public defender.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.