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Casa Grande man indicted in stabbing attacks

FLORENCE, Ariz. — A Casa Grande man has been indicted for the stabbing death of his mother last month and wounding his aunt.

Pinal County prosecutors said 38-year-old Joseph Cain Cecil is facing charges of
premeditated first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated
assault with a deadly weapon.

Cecil has a Nov. 25 pretrial conference.

County sheriff’s officials said 65-year-old Ronna Thomas was found stabbed
inside a home on Oct. 4. She later was pronounced dead at a Casa Grande

The victim’s 63-year-old sister was taken to a Phoenix hospital for treatment
after Cecil is said to have attacked her along with a neighbor who tried to help the

Authorities said the unidentified neighbor hit Cecil several times with a shovel
to stop the attacks.


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