Defense lawyers seek $10K in Arizona murder case

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KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) -- Lawyers for a Bullhead City man charged in the disappearance and death of an 8-year-old girl are asking a court for $10,000 to pay for a psychological evaluation.

The Mohave County Public Defender's Office said in court papers released Friday that 26-year-old Justin James Rector "does suffer some mental health issues."

Rector has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, child abuse and abandonment of a body in the death and disappearance of Isabella "Bella" Grogan-Cannella.

Her partially clothed body was found Sept. 3, a day after she was reported missing from her Bullhead City home.

Prosecutors say they are considering seeking the death penalty in the case.

Authorities describe Rector as a family friend who was staying at Isabella's home at the time she disappeared.

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