- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - A Mohave County prosecutor is asking a judge to reject a request to move a murder case out of the county.

Attorneys for Justin James Rector have argued that seating an impartial jury will be nearly impossible because of the gravity of the allegations against him, news coverage of legal issues and other things.

Rector is charged with first-degree murder stemming from the strangulation death of Isabella “Bella” Grogan-Cannella nearly a year ago. Her body was found in a shallow grave near her Bullhead City home.

Prosecutor Gregory McPhillips says defense attorneys cannot assume the jury pool inherently is bias and have no evidence to support their arguments. He says questioning of potential jurors can minimize any actual prejudice.

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