Sus­pect in Bull­head City girl’s death tells judge he wants to rep­re­sent him­self

Yuma Sun - - NEWS -

BULL­HEAD CITY — A man charged in the 2014 slay­ing of an 8-yearold Bull­head City girl is ask­ing to rep­re­sent him­self in court.

Justin James Rec­tor told a Mo­have County Su­pe­rior Court judge on Tues­day that he wants to be his own at­tor­ney at his up­com­ing mur­der trial.

His re­quest is a sur­prise move in a case that has been plagued with years of de­fense at­tor­ney turnover and de­lays.

The 30-year-old faces first-de­gree mur­der, kid­nap­ping, child abuse and aban­don­ment of a body in the death of Is­abella Gro­gan-Can­nella.

He also is charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault on a de­ten­tion of­fi­cer in jail.

De­fense at­tor­ney Ju­lia Cas­sels is ask­ing for out­side coun­sel to dis­cuss with Rec­tor the draw­backs of self-rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

Pros­e­cu­tors say they will not delay his sched­uled April 29 trial any fur­ther.

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