LB - Yavapai Herbal Services

Home | Classifieds | Place Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Kudos | Obits | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | Villager | Health Directory | Contact Us
The Verde Independent | Cottonwood, Arizona

home : latest news : latest news August 27, 2015

5/7/2013 2:08:00 PM
Court to review Montiel charges
Joseph Montiel
Joseph Montiel

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

CAMP VERDE -- Joseph Montiel's lead attorney argued in court Monday why the defense believes a kidnapping charge is not justified. The hearing was in response to a motion to "remand" the charges against the alleged murderer or dismiss them.

Referring to the transcript of the Grand Jury indictment, attorney Robyn Varcoe argued the "State did not present any evidence of the kidnapping ... the victim apparently contacted Montiel willingly."

She said that the evidence has to be convincing to show kidnapping.

Varcoe also lashed out at the state's "heresay" evidence.

"A friend of Treakle's mother saw threatening text messages. But there was no evidence of texts," Varcoe insisted it "exceeded the boundaries of acceptable heresay."

Prosecutor Dana Owens said Montiel's truck was already in the parking lot and could be seen on the videotape when Jamie Treakle was released from jail. She had been jailed for a failure to appear

She said blood or a bodily fluid was found in Montiel's truck.

Judge Michael Bluff said he would take the matter under advisement and re-read the Grand Jury transcript and ordered the hearing to re-convene next Monday, May 13.

Montiel is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, kidnapping, tampering with a witness and abandonment or concealment of a dead body. He is believed to have picked up Treakle when she bonded out of the jail in August of last year.

The medical examiner determined that Jamie was stabbed in the chest and left near an abandoned mine shaft off the Old Cherry Highway last September. Montiel's truck was found abandoned nearby.

A citizen search party led by Jamie's father discovered the truck and reported it to the Sheriff's Office. The woman's body was found shortly afterward.

    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   The Other Gavers: Children taught to always protect each other from anyone who attempted to separate the family (2625 views)

•   Movement to legalize marijuana gains advocates from education community (1637 views)

•   Cruz murder case likely to go to trial in January 2017 (1336 views)

•   Bunescu, defense consider complicated settlement agreement (1226 views)

•   Sunday storm pummels Beaver Creek communities (850 views)

Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Cottonwood, AZ
Click for weather forecast

Submission Links
 •  Submit your feedback about our site

Find It Features Blogs Celebrate Submit Extras Other Publications Local Listings
Classifieds | Place Ad | Galleries | Kudos | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | e-News | RSS | Site Map | Find Verde Jobs | Contact Us
LB - Yavapai Herbal Services

© Copyright 2015 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Verde Independent is the information source for Cottonwood and Verde Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Verde News Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Verde News Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2015 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved