Prosecutor urges trial date in Bullhead City girl’s death
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — A Mohave County prosecutor is asking a judge to set a trial date for a man charged with killing a Bullhead City girl in 2014.
Justin James Rector is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, child abuse and abandonment of a body in the September 2014 death of Isabella Grogan-Cannella. She was strangled, and her partially clothed body was found in a shallow grave near her home.
Prosecutor Gregory McPhillips says he’s provided a list of about 100 witnesses to the defense but it has refused to set up interviews.
McPhillips says the interviews should be considered waived and a trial date set to ensure the rights of the victim.
Defense attorney Julia Cassels says she already had given McPhillips possible dates for interviews. She says he’s misrepresenting the facts.