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Man arraigned in murder of stepdaughter

Posted at 2:01 PM, Jun 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-20 20:11:31-04

A man accused of killing his teen stepdaughter pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Pima County Superior Court Tuesday.

Joshua Lelevier, 37, is accused of killing 13-year-old Jayden Glomb.

Lelevier was arraigned on charges of first-degree murder and abandonment/concealment of a dead body.

He will next appear in court 9 a.m. July 20 for a case management conference. He is being held in Pima County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

On May 11, Jayden was reported missing hours before her body was located near Mary Ann Cleveland Way and Steve Street, just north of Cienega High School.

According to Sgt. Peter Dugan with TPD, a worker was leaving a new housing development when he saw what he thought was a body in the bushes.

The worker got out of his car, confirmed it was a body and called the police.

On May 31, Tucson Police arrested Lelevier. He was booked on counts of first-degree murder and abandoning or concealing a body. 

Blood traces in a family car and analysis of a computer are key parts of Tucson Police’s murder case against Joshua Lelevier.

Police say blood traces in one of the family’s cars were a DNA match for the victim.

When Jayden was still missing, it was theorized she might have been a runaway. Charging documents against Lelevier suggests she did not walk anywhere on her own the day she died.

Her body was found strangled in a field. She was barefoot, with no marks on her feet as if she had walked anywhere.  All her shoes were still in her house.

Search warrants show computers, shoes, and photos of tire treads among the evidence detectives collected.

Detectives say they found tire marks matching the family's SUV near where Jayden Glomb's body was found. They say they found blood traces in that same car and that blood was a DNA match for Jayden.

Police say Jayden's laptop computer showed evidence of someone searching for information on ways to commit suicide, but the computer files show the searches were done when only Lelevier was home with access to the computer.

Police say they also found what could be seen as a suicide note with Jayden's name typed on the bottom, but it was also created when only her stepfather had access to the computer.