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Prosecutor wants death penalty for Arizona mom accused of killing child

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.


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