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Prosecutor urges trial date in girl's death

Posted: 7:55 AM, Aug 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-09 14:55:41Z
Prosecutor urges trial date in girl's death

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.