Isabel Celis went missing in 2012 from her parents’ house on the east side of Tucson. Christopher Clements is being tried for killing her tomorrow.
The young girl went missing, and the search for her made national and international news. So how do you choose a jury that won’t be swayed by the fact that the case is so public?
Mike Piccarreta, a lawyer for the defence, is not involved in this case. He says that even in well-known cases, potential jurors often don’t know much about them.
He says that jurors need to follow the judge’s order to only think about what they hear in court and not try to do their own research.
“I was on a jury once, and most people agree that you really feel the weight and responsibility of trying to be fair. So, you know, I think most people do their best. And they almost always come up with a result that makes sense.”
Mike Piccarreta and his lawyer, Atty. Courtney Clements, have already been found guilty of kidnapping and killing Maribel Gonzalez, who was 13. In that case, he was given a life sentence without the chance to get out. The body of the 13-year-old was found in a remote area of Pima County, not far from where Isabel Celis’ body was found.
Here is the tweet by azcentral Jury to deliberate Clements‘ fate in murder trial of 6–year–old Isabel Celis.
Jury to deliberate Clements' fate in murder trial of 6-year-old Isabel Celis https://t.co/FtlyXF2yAx
— azcentral (@azcentral) March 2, 2023
Clements actually led investigators to Celis’ body. He was trying to settle a different criminal case by making a deal. Investigators say that even though Clements knew where the body was, he had nothing to do with the death and disappearance of the 6-year-old.
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