Secrecy sought for motions for man accused of killing girl

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Justin James Rector (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Justin James Rector (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

Lawyers for a man accused of killing an 8-year-old Bullhead City girl want a judge to keep secret some pretrial motions that could reveal defense strategy and violate attorney-client privilege.

Judge Lee Jantzen of Mohave County Superior Court did not immediately rule on the motion filed Thursday on behalf of Justin James Rector.

Rector is charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the 2014 killing of Isabella "Bella" Grogan-Cannella.

The motion says Jantzen has indicated he wants transparency in court proceedings but that it'd violate Rector's rights to have some defense motions made public while being submitted to the judge because Rector is receiving a defense at public expense.

According to the defense, motions dealing with juvenile records, pre-trial evidence gathering and funding for experts should be sealed.


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