Connie Villa charged with 11 felony counts in death of daughter, attempt to kill family

FLORENCE, AZ - A Casa Grande mother who admitted to strangling her 13-year-old daughter to death on Christmas Day has been charged with 11 felony counts.

Connie Villa, 35, was charged Wednesday with premeditated first degree murder, four counts of attempted murder, kidnapping and four counts of child abuse.

Villa is accused of forcing her four children to take prescription narcotic drugs in an attempt to kill them, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Aniarael Macias, 13, was found dead in the bathroom of her family's home in Casa Grande, said police.

Villa reportedly admitted to authorities that she strangled her daughter to death after she was "unsuccessful" in forcing the girl to take the prescription drugs, said Casa Grande police spokesman Thomas Anderson.

Villa also attempted to kill her ex-husband by luring him to her home and then stabbing him in the upper torso, said police. Villa reportedly told police that she attempted to kill her family because she didn't want her ex-husband to have custody of the children.

On Monday, the Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles filed an indictment again Villa listing the 11 felony charges. The eleventh charge, felony murder, is an alternative charge to the premeditated first degree murder charge, said the Pinal County Attorney's Office.

Ten of the charges include an additional allegation of domestic violence, according to a press release. Another 10 charges signify dangerous crimes against children, said the Pinal County Attorney's Office.

Villa is currently being held at the Pinal County Jail.


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