State takes death penalty off table in Tucson child murder case – Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona 2021-04-08 22:54:55 –

Tucson, Arizona — Prosecutors no longer seek the death penalty in Christopher Clements’ murder trial.

Clements has been charged with murdering 6-year-old Isabel Celis and 13-year-old Mariberg Gonzalez.

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Celis went missing from her bedroom overnight in April 2012.

Gonzales went missing in June 2014, more than two years later.

Her body was found the week she disappeared.

In March 2017, Tucson police announced that Isabel’s body was found near the same area as Maribel’s body three years ago.

At that time, police did not reveal why they led them to Isabel’s body.

Court documents later showed that Clements led the investigator to Isabel’s body and the irrelevant robbery charges were withdrawn.

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In September 2018, Clements was charged with the murder of Isabel Celis and Maribel Gonzalez.

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Since then, he has appeared in court several times to discuss whether evidence drawn from a prison cell in Maricopa County can be used in court.

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Most recently, he asked each child to try murder separately, so he can testify in one trial and not in the other.

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Prosecutors initially said they would seek the death penalty for Clements.

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On Thursday, Pima County Law Firm confirmed to KGUN9 that the state was no longer seeking the death penalty for Clements. So the most severe penalty he may face right now is life imprisonment.

The law firm did not reveal the reason for withdrawing the death penalty claim.

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