Man found guilty of murder, kidnapping of Tucson girl

10/1/2022 1:40:00 AM

A man accused of abducting and killing two young Tucson girls separately and dumping their bodies in the desert was convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the first of his two trials.

A man accused of abducting and killing two young Tucson girls separately and dumping their bodies in the desert was convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the first of his two trials.

A man accused of abducting and killing two young Tucson girls separately and dumping their bodies in the desert was convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the first of his two trials.

in 2018 and indicted on 22 felony counts including two counts each of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the deaths of Gonzales and 6-year-old Isabel Celis.Federal Aviation Administration officials said only a pilot was aboard the single-engine Grumman American AA5B when it went down near Flying Diamond Airport in Sahuarita shortly after noon.TUCSON, Ariz.Johanna Eubank Sept.

Clements was and will face a different jury for the Celis case with that trial scheduled to start Feb.2.Sahuarita is 23 miles south of Tucson.MORE: No venue change for suspect in murders of 2 Arizona children Christopher Clements Celis vanished from her parents’ home in April 2012 while Gonzalez disappeared while walking to a friend’s house in June 2014."You have no closure and there's just this void in our hearts.Authorities said Gonzalez’s body was found days after her disappearance while Celis’ remains weren’t recovered until 2017 after Clements led federal agents to the location..Jurors got the case late Wednesday afternoon after Pima County prosecutor Tracy Miller said in her closing argument there was a "mountain of circumstantial evidence" in the case and "it is not a coincidence that all these pieces of the puzzle point directly to Christopher Clements.Last year on this date the high was 88 degrees and the low was 64.

" But defense attorney Joseph DiRoberto said, "There’s no witness to this crime, no evidence, no confession," and the state didn’t prove that Clements was guilty of premeditated murder..Clements attended the 10-day trial but was not called to testify.Miller said GPS records from Clements’ cellphone were consistent with it being in the area where Gonzalez’s naked body was found covered by two tires under a mesquite tree.According to Miller, male DNA was found on hair samples taken from Gonzalez’s body and the match is good enough to say Clements cannot be excluded as the source.Authorities later found her car abandoned in a rural area with the keys in the ignition and her work identification inside.DiRoberto questioned the precision of the DNA evidence, saying it could match as many as 1-in-8,600 men and not just his client.Sept.

He also said the cellphone tracking could have detected Clements driving down Interstate 10 and not at the scene where the body was found.Clements’ lawyers also argued that no cause of death was ever determined due to decomposition of Gonzalez’s body, making it difficult to prove it was a homicide.She wouldn't have left her life.Man accused of killing 2 Tucson girls facing 1st of 2 trials Christopher Clements, 40, was arrested in 2018 and indicted on 22 felony counts including two counts each of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the deaths of 6-year-old Isabel Celis and 13-year-old Maribel Gonzales.BREAKING NEWS.

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