New Pima County presiding judge; Man accused of raping, killing girl rejects plea

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Pima County Superior Court has a new presiding judge.

Judge Sarah Simmons was appointed to the bench in January 2006.  Since 2009, she's been presiding a judge of juvenile court.

Judge Simmons was born and raised in Miami Arizona and is a University of Arizona graduate. 

She takes over as the presiding judge of superior court for Jan Kearney.

And a twist in the case involving an ajo man accused of raping and killing a 7-year-old girl in June 2009.

Loretto "Kyle" Alegria, 21, rejected a plea agreement that would have sent him to prison for life, saying he deserves to die for what he did.