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Teen pleads not guilty in fatal west Phoenix standoff

PHOENIX — A woman has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a
kidnapping and abduction that ended in a 12-hour police standoff in west Phoenix
last month.

Maricopa County prosecutors said 19-year-old Bernadette Beanes entered her plea
Thursday.

A grand jury indicted Beanes on 41 felony counts, including 38 counts for
aggravated assault, eight counts of kidnapping and one count of first-degree
murder.

Beanes is accused of helping 32-year-old Israel Celis kidnap a woman and
3-year-old son on May 20.

Authorities said Celis bound the boy’s mother and sexually assaulted her at a Tolleson
hotel before leaving with his son and Beanes.

Celis later fatally shot himself at a home near 91st Avenue and Camelback Road to end the standoff.

Prosecutors said Beanes faces a murder charge because Celis died in the
commission of a felony in which she’s accused of having been a participant.

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