Police report reveals new details about Casa Grande mother charged with murder
By Justin Schecker. CREATED Jan 8, 2014
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A accused of murdering her daughter, stabbing her ex-husband and trying to poison her other children could possibly face the death penalty, Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said Wendesday.
A Pinal County Grand Jury indicted 35-year-old Connie Villa on 11 felony charges, including first degree murder and four counts of attempted first degree murder.
Other charges include one count of kindnapping and four counts of child abuse.
"Tragedy from abuse strikes far too many families and unfortunately the holidays often represent an increase in domestic violence," Voyles said at a press conference Wednesday morning. "Villa is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty."
Police found Villa's 13-year-old daughter Ania Macias dead in the family bathroom on Christmas day. Villa confessed to suffocating Macias to death, but authorities are still waiting on final toxicology results.
According to a police report 9 On Your Side obtained Wednesday, the surviving three children told police they opened gifts and went to the mall on Christmas eve, before their mom forced them to take "handful of pills."
The siblings told police their mom locked herself and Macias in the bathroom and they could hear their sister yell "stop."
When her mom opened the door, the oldest surviving sibling, age 8, said she could see "her sister starting to die."
Inside the apartment, Casa Grande police found a number of pill bottles, including an empty bottle of Hydrocodone, a potent painkiller. They also found a cup of orange juice they think had crushed pills in the bathroom where they found Macias' body.
Police also located what appeared to be Villa's suicide note that said she "had to take her kids with her."
Connie Villa's ex-husband Adam Villa stood next to Voyles as he read the charges against his ex-wife.
"I'm still here," Adam Villa said. "Little pain, but I'm doing a lot better."
According to the police report, Connie Villa stabbed Adam Villa twice in the back and cut him several more times. He had a collapsed lung and his blood pressure dropped to critical levels.
Connie Villa told police her motive was she did not want Adam Villa to have custody of their children. Adam Villa is not Macias' biological father.
But with Villa behind bars and facing 11 felony charges, it is up to Adam Villa to take care of their children.
"I'm keeping their lives the same," he said. "They go to school and just keeping the family together."
Connie Villa is expected to plead not guilty during her arraignment on Friday at the Pinal County Superior Court.