- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) - A Bullhead City man who previously said he wanted a meeting with prosecutors to confess in the killing of an 8-year-old girl now doesn’t want to talk to authorities, his defense attorney said.

Prosecutors previously disclosed that Justin James Rector had sent requests to schedule an interview with them so he could give a full confession.

The requests came after police released recordings of jail telephone conversations in which Rector told his father and another person that he wanted to plead guilty and take responsibility for his actions.

Authorities have described Rector as a family friend who was staying at the home of the girl’s family when she disappeared.

Newly appointed defense attorney Gerald Gavin said in a motion filed Wednesday that Rector does not want to communicate with prosecutors or other authorities and is re-invoking his right to silence, the Mohave Daily News (https://goo.gl/JVJYUt ) reported.

Rector has not changed his not guilty plea in the September death of Isabella “Bella” Grogan-Canella. Her body was found in a shallow grave near her home.

Rector “reasserts his right to remain silent and his right to counsel,” Gavin wrote in the motion.

Gavin recently took over as Rector’s lead court-appointed defense lawyer after another attorney withdrew from his case.

The prosecution has declared it will seek the death penalty if Rector is convicted of first-degree murder. He is also charged with kidnapping, child abuse and abandonment of a dead body.

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