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Posted at 9:22 AM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 12:56:09-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - Judge Deborah Bernini has denied an effort to block video coverage of the murder trial of Christopher Clements.

Clements is charged in the death of six year old Isabel Celis and 13 year old Maribel Gonzales.

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Attorneys for Clements defense argued cameras would impair his chances for a fair trial.

Prosecutors argued video coverage could infringe on the rights of family members.

But attorneys including a lawyer for KGUN9 argued Arizona court rules call for cameras to be allowed unless there is a sufficiently compelling reason to exclude them.

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Judge Bernini rules cameras can record the trial but not transmit the trial live.

She also said she might exclude video of witnesses if they object to being video recorded.

Clements tried is expected in February of next year.