FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Pinal County's top prosecutor has filed notice that he'll seek the death penalty for the man accused of killing a Maricopa couple last year and burying their bodies.
County Attorney Lando Voyles cites multiple aggravating factors in the case against Jose Ignacio Valenzuela.
He's facing first-degree murder charges in the deaths of 44-year-old Michael Careccia and his 42-year-old wife, Tina. The couple was reported missing on June 22.
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Investigators interviewed Valenzuela and say statements he made led them to search his property.
Authorities unearthed a 6-foot-deep grave containing the couple's bodies and also reported finding a gun believed to be the murder weapon.
County sheriff's officials say Valenzuela admitted to taking methamphetamine before the killings.
A call to Valenzuela's public defender wasn't immediately returned Wednesday afternoon.