Casa Grande mom pleads not guilty in child-death
January 15, 2014
A Casa Grande mother accused of killing a daughter
and of trying to poison her three other children remains jailed
without bond after pleading not guilty.
Authorities say 35-year-old Connie Villa entered
her plea when she was arraigned Friday in Pinal County Superior Court.
Villa remains in the county jail in Florence.
Villa is charged with one count of first-degree
murder in the death of her 13-year-old daughter and four counts of
attempted murder of her three younger children and of her ex-husband.
On Christmas day, authorities say Villa attacked
and stabbed her ex-husband, poisoned her daughter, and attempted to
kill her three other children and herself. Authorities say Villa was
concerned that her ex-husband would get custody of all of her kids.
Casa Grande mom suffocated daughter with her
hands, police say
By Brittany Elena Morris - The Arizona Republic
December 31, 2013
Authorities suspect a Casa Grande mother, fearful
that her ex-husband was going to take her four children, suffocated
her 13-year-old daughter with her bare hands.
Connie Villa, 35, faces murder and attempted murder
charges after she was suspected of smothering her eldest daughter and
tried to kill her three youngest children, ages 3, 5, and 8, by
forcing them to take prescription narcotic drugs on Christmas Day, she
told police detectives in a interview according to the Casa Grande
Police Department on Tuesday.
Villa forced her three youngest children to ingest
the undisclosed amount of drugs at their apartment before she honed in
on her eldest daughter, Aniarael Macias, police said.
When Macias refused to take them, Villa told police
she suffocated her daughter to death with her bare hands in their
After Villa lured her ex-husband, Adam Villa, to
the apartment, she stabbed him repeatedly in the upper torso,
according to Officer Thomas Anderson, a Casa Grande Police Department
spokesman. Adam Villa, who is the biological father of her three
youngest children, escaped and called 911 while driving to Casa Grande
Regional Medical Center.
Responding officers had to force their way into the
home, where they found Villa with apparent stab wounds to her upper
torso, Anderson said. She was holding a knife to her chest and had the
three younger children at her side.
Police took Villa and the three children to
Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix for treatment and discovered
Macias’ body in the bathroom, Anderson said.
Villa told detectives she wanted to prevent her
ex-husband from getting custody of the four children, police said.
The type of the drugs Villa used have not been
released. Authorities are awaiting the toxicology reports for Macias
and the three younger children, Anderson said. The results could take
up to three weeks.
Villa was arrested Sunday morning after she was
released from the medical center where she was being treated. She
remains in custody at the Pinal County Adult Detention Facility.
The County Attorney’s Office said in a news release
Monday prosecutors are “prepared to file the necessary documents and
present evidence necessary for the court to hold Villa in custody
until the investigation is complete and formal charges are filed.”
Villa faces charges of first-degree murder and
attempted first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing of her
ex-husband and the drug poisoning of her three surviving children,
ages 3, 5 and 8.
Casa Grande woman arrested in death of
By Jackee Coe - Azcentral.com
Mon Dec 30, 2013
A Casa Grande woman who faces a charge of
first-degree murder in the death of her 13-year-old daughter also
tried to kill her three younger children and ex-husband in a Christmas
Day rampage, according to police.
Connie Villa, 35, was arrested Sunday morning after
she was released from Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, where she
was being treated for what police believe were self-inflicted stab
wounds, according to Officer Thomas Anderson, a Casa Grande Police
Her 13-year-old daughter, Aniarael Macias, was
found dead in the bathroom of the family’s apartment on Wednesday
night after 33-year-old Adam Villa called 911 to report he had been
stabbed and was driving to the hospital, Anderson said.
Investigators determined Connie Villa tried to kill
the three other children, ages 3, 5 and 8, by forcing them to take
prescription narcotics, Anderson said.
She then lured ex-husband Adam Villa, who is the
biological father of the three younger children, to the apartment and
stabbed him repeatedly in the upper torso, Anderson said. He escaped
and called 911 while driving to Casa Grande Regional Medical Center.
Responding officers had to force their way into the
home, where they found Connie Villa with apparent stab wounds to her
upper torso, Anderson said. She was holding a knife to her chest and
had the three younger children at her side.
Police detained Connie Villa and discovered Macias’
body in the bathroom while securing the scene, Anderson said.
The teenager did not have any apparent injuries,
and the cause of her death was not immediately known, he said.
An autopsy conducted Saturday by the Pima County
Medical Examiner’s Office didn’t identify a cause of death.
Authorities are awaiting the toxicology reports for
Macias and the three younger children, Anderson said. The results
could take up to three weeks.
The three children also were taken to the hospital
for evaluation, where initial tests found they had trace amounts of
opiates in their system. All three are in good condition and have been
placed with their father’s family.
A statement on behalf of Macias’ father, Michael,
said: “We request that the focus of this tragedy be a celebration of
our precious Ania’s life. She was a gentle, kind and beautiful spirit
who was taken from us much too soon. Michael and his family are
heartbroken. Ania was always smiling. She loved her brothers and
Though the autopsy found no cause of death for
Macias, investigators believe that the evidence at the scene,
interviews and medical information of the surviving children show
Connie Villa was trying to kill all of her children and her
Connie Villa was booked on one count of
first-degree murder and four counts of attempted first-degree murder,
Anderson said, adding that she could face additional charges.
Aniarael Macias update: Connie Villa poisoned
family in attempt to kill them, police say
December 29, 2013
CASA GRANDE, AZ - A Casa Grande mother is accused
of murdering her 13-year-old daughter, attempting to poison her three
children and stab her ex-husband on Christmas Day, authorities said
Authorities arrested Connie Villa, 35, and said she
faces one count of first degree murder and four counts of attempted
murder after she forced her children -- ages 3, 5, 8 and 13 years old
-- to take "prescription narcotic drugs in an attempt to kill them" on
Aniarael Macias, 13, was found dead in the bathroom
of her family's home in Casa Grande last Wednesday, according to
Authorities were called to a home at the Colony
Apartments in Casa Grande on Christmas night after the woman's
ex-husband, 33-year-old Adam Villa, called police and said that he had
been stabbed by his ex-wife.
He told police he was driving himself to the Casa
Grande Regional Medical Center.
Officers forced themselves into the mother's
apartment and found her holding a knife to her chest and suffering
from multiple stab wounds, according to a police press release. The
woman's three other children were standing unharmed at her side.
Authorities secured the scene and transported both
the mother and children to Phoenix-area hospitals. The three children
each had "trace amounts" of opiates in their systems, according to a
Casa Grande police on Sunday afternoon said the
children were in "good condition" and Child Protective Services placed
them with the family of Adam Villa.
Adam Villa is in stable condition at a Phoenix
On Sunday afternoon, Aniarael's family issued the
On behalf of Michael Macias, Ania’s father, Vera
Macias, Ania’s grandmother and extended family, we request that the
focus of this tragedy be a celebration of our precious Ania’s life.
She was a gentle, kind and beautiful spirit who was taken from us much
too soon. Michael and his family are heartbroken. Ania was always
smiling. She loved her brothers and sisters. She enjoyed spending time
with her father and sister Gaby. We are writing this statement in
hopes that the media and other outlets will allow Michael and our
family to grieve peacefully. We thank everyone for the outpouring of
support for our family. We appreciate your prayers and positive
thoughts. We pray that justice will be served.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and
additional charges are possible.
An autopsy was conducted by Pima County, but it did
not identify an official cause of death. Results for a toxicology
report on Macias and the other three children could take two to three
Casa Grande woman tells police motive in alleged
poisoning of kids
December 28, 2013
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona woman tried to
fatally stab her ex-husband and poison her four children with
prescription narcotic drugs, including a teenage daughter who was
found dead in her home on Christmas Day, police said Monday.
She lured the man to her apartment and stabbed him
repeatedly before he was able to flee and drive himself to a hospital
while calling 911.
Connie Villa, 35, was arrested Sunday after being
released from a hospital on suspicion of one count of first-degree
murder and four counts of attempted murder in the Christmas Day attack
in Casa Grande, about 50 miles south of Phoenix.
It was not immediately known whether she had an
Casa Grande police say Connie Villa admitted to
trying to kill her children by forcing them to take prescription
narcotic drugs, but that she wasn't successful in forcing her
daughter, Aniarael Macias, to take them.
The types of drugs used haven't been specified;
police are waiting for toxicology results to release their names.
When force feeding her drugs wouldn't work, Connie
Villa allegedly admitted to forcefully suffocating Aniarael to death
with her bare hands.
Her admission comes after Casa Grande police
Officer Thomas Anderson said the body had no visible signs of injury
or trauma, and an autopsy report was inconclusive on the cause of
Police say Connie Villa told them she wanted to
kill her children because she didn't want her ex-husband, Adam Villa,
to have custody of them.
According to authorities, Adam Villa called 911
after fleeing the apartment with multiple stab wounds.He remained
hospitalized Monday in stable condition. Responding officers found the
body of Aniarael Macias, 13, lying on a bathroom floor, said Anderson.
The three other children, ages 3, 5 and 8, were in
good condition. Anderson said initial tests show each child had trace
amounts of opiates in their systems.
Upon arriving at the home Wednesday, police were
forced to break in and found Connie Villa standing in the apartment
with what appeared to be self-inflicted stab wounds to her torso, a
knife in her hand and the three young children at her side.
The 13-year-old was found dead during a search of
Connie Villa had apparently enticed her ex-husband
to come by intending to kill him, too, Anderson said.
"He was lured to the apartment, under what pretense
we don't know yet, but we don't have any indication he had any fear of
going over there," Anderson added.
The three surviving children have been placed by
Child Protective Service's with Adam Villa's family. He was not the
father of the 13-year-old, police said.
"She was a gentle, kind and beautiful spirit who
was taken from us too soon," family members of Aniarael Macias said in
In 2006, happier times seemed apparent in the Villa
household as Adam Villa returned from a one-year deployment to Iraq
with the Arizona Army National Guard.
When he stepped off the plane upon his return,
Connie Villa broke into tears.
"Just to know he's safe and in one piece, just to
smell him," she told an Arizona newspaper at the time. "I just want to
be normal again and have a family."
AP researcher Barbara Sambriski contributed to this
Child found dead in Casa Grande apartment on
By Mike Gertzman - Azfamily.com
December 27, 2013
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- Police are investigating the
death of a 13-year-old female child whose body was found in the
bathroom of her family's apartment on Christmas Day, according to
Thomas Anderson with the Casa Grande Police Department.
Casa Grande police officers found the girl after
they responded to a 911 call reporting a domestic dispute at the
Colony Apartments on East Doan Street.
The caller, a 33-year-old male identified as Adam
Villa, said his wife stabbed him and he was driving himself to Casa
Grande Regional Medical Center.
Officers found his 35-year-old wife, Connie Villa,
inside the apartment.
Initially, three of her children, ages 3, 5 and 8,
were found in the apartment with her.
During the investigation, police discovered a
fourth child, identified as Aniarael Macias, deceased in the bathroom.
The initial investigation revealed that Connie
Villa had also been stabbed. She and her husband were both flown to
separate Phoenix area hospitals for treatment.
The three surviving children were transported to a
Phoenix area hospital for evaluation. They reportedly were not harmed.
The cause of death of the 13-year-old girl is
unknown at this time and police are awaiting an autopsy.
Police said they do not know yet what led up to the
This investigation is ongoing and criminal charges
are pending the outcome of the investigation and autopsy.
Neighbors said they were shocked by the news. They
said the Villas moved in a few months ago and seemed like a nice
Neighbors also said they did not hear any sounds
coming from the apartment Christmas night, but they did hear
ambulances and fire trucks around 9 p.m.
"We didn't know what was going on," one neighbor
said. "We thought maybe a Christmas tree caught on fire or something