Death penalty sought in Arizona child poisoning

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) -- Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for a Casa Grande woman accused of killing her teenage daughter and trying to poison her three other children last Christmas Day.

Connie Villa is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of her 13-year-old daughter and four counts of attempted murder of her three younger children and of her ex-husband.

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles filed a notice of intent Tuesday to seek the death penalty in the state's case.

A status review hearing is scheduled for July 15 in Pinal County Superior Court.

According to Casa Grande police, the 36-year-old Villa didn't want her ex-husband to have custody of the children.

Villa told investigators she suffocated her oldest daughter when the girl wouldn't take prescription narcotic drugs.

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