Judge asked to erase orders on suspect's mental health records

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KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) -- A lawyer for a man accused of killing an 8-year-old Bullhead City girl is asking a judge to erase his orders granting prosecution requests for mental health records for the man.

Public Defense Harry Moore said in papers filed Friday he didn't learn of a prosecutor's requests - and didn't have a chance to object - before Judge Lee Jantzen of Mohave County Superior Court granted the requests about five hours after they were made Dec. 24.

County Attorney Matthew Smith had said a psychiatrist needs the records from Mohave Mental Health and Mohave County Juvenile Detention Center to evaluate Justin James Rector's sanity.

Rector is scheduled to stand trial in October 2016 on first-degree murder and other charges stemming from the September strangulation death of Isabella "Bella" Grogan-Cannella.