TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Arizona will seek the death penalty for Christopher Matthew Clements, the man accused of killing Isabel Celis and Maribel Victoria Gonzales.
According to a spokeswoman at Pima County Superior Court, the judge will be issuing a notice specific to this filing in the next week or so.
Clements is facing 22 felony charges, including two counts of first-degree murder.
Celis was 6 years old when she vanished from her parents’ east-side home in April 2012. Just two years later, a 13-year-old Gonzales disappeared while walking to a friend’s house.
Both girls were found dead near Trico and West Avra Valley roads.
• April 20, 2012: 11 p.m., Isabel Mercedes Celis went to bed in her bedroom.
• April 21, 2012: Around 8 a.m., family members call 911 after they discover Isabel is not in the house.
• April 22, 2012: FBI search dogs arrive from Virginia to aid in the search.
• April 23, 2012: Celis family and 88-CRIME post $6,000 reward.
• March 2017: Human remains discovered near North Trico and West Avra Valley roads in rural Pima County.
• March 31, 2017: DNA analysis confirms remains are those of Isabel Celis.
• Sept. 15, 2018: Authorities announce indictment of Christopher Matthew Clements in Isabel’s death.
• June 3, 2014: Maribel Gonzales leaves home to walk and visit a friend.
• June 4, 2014: Gonzales reporting missing by her family after she fails to come home.
• June 6, 2014: Human remains discovered near North Trico and West Avra Valley roads in rural Pima County.
• June 20, 2014: DNA analysis confirms remains are those of Maribel Gonzales.
• Sept. 15, 2018: Authorities announce indictment of Christopher Matthew Clements in Maribel’s death.