Casa Grande mother faces 11 charges in poisoning, murder casePosted: Updated:
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – A Casa Grande woman accused of killing her 13-year-old daughter, attempting to poison her three other children and stabbing her ex-husband on Christmas Day has been indicted on 11 felony counts.
The charges against Connie Villa, 35, include one count of premeditated first-degree murder, four counts of attempted first-degree murder; one count of kidnapping and four counts of child abuse.
The 11th charge represents an alternative to the charge of premeditated first-degree murder. The charge accuses Villa of "committing the crime of child abuse and in the course, furtherance, or immediate flight from that offense she committed murder," according to a press release from the Pinal County Attorney's Office.
Casa Grande police went to Connie Villa's apartment on Dec. 25 after Adam Villa called 911 and said she had stabbed him.
Police forced entry into the apartment and found Connie Villa and three children, ages 3, 5 and 8. Officers discovered the body of Aniarael Macias, 13, in a bathroom.
Police said the investigation indicates that Villa forced her children to take prescription narcotic drugs in an attempt to kill them. Villa reportedly told investigators that she couldn't force Aniarael to take the drugs, so she suffocated her with her bare hands.
Initial tests showed the surviving children had trace amounts of opiates in their systems.
Results from toxicology tests are pending.
Villa told police that she didn't want her ex-husband to have custody of the children.
"Tragedy from abuse strikes far too many families, and unfortunately, the holidays often represent an increase in domestic violence cases. In Pinal, I seek to administer justice for all crime victims as they remain my top priority," Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said.