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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.


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