There is new information on the case of two murdered girls from Tucson

Back in August of last year, Pima County Sheriff’s Detectives made a trip to Phoenix to interview Christopher Clements in jail. He was being held on unrelated burglary charges.

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It had been four years since 13-year-old Maribel Gonzales was kidnapped and murdered, her body dumped in the desert.

At the time of the Interview, Clements was already connected to the murder of another little girl, Isabel Celis.

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Isabel disappeared in 2012. Her body was only discovered in March of 2017, after Clement’s fiancé tipped of the FBI that Clements may know something.

Clements then led investigators to Celis’s body.

Pinal County Sheriff’s detectives wanted to know if he was responsible for what happened to Maribel too.

In this new transcribed interview, they asked if he had “ever seen her before.”

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Clements responded “maybe I have, maybe I haven’t.”

When asked if he had anything to do with her murder, he swore "F**** no.”

But later, Clements asked detectives if his DNA was found.

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He hinted at knowing more than he was willing to tell detectives, saying “There’s a story that I know. At it, is there a correlation with, well somewhat, I guess you could say, with what I’ve helped TPD with. But that would cost you guys a hell of a lot more than what you’d be willing to pay.”

When told he had to give a DNA sample, Clements was ready to refuse and even fight detectives.

But detectives were ready for him. They already had a warrant and warned him he could either give a swab “as a gentleman” or “in the chair with the spit masked strapped to it.”

One way or another, detectives were leaving with a DNA sample.

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He finally agreed, asking for a cigarette in return.

Clements was indicted for both murders one month later, his DNA linked to Maribel’s disappearance.

He's pleaded not guilty, but could face the death penalty if his case goes to trial.

 


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