CAMP VERDE - Yavapai County prosecutor Bill Hughes has not filed a notice that the State will seek the death penalty for Joseph Montiel in the alleged murder of his estranged wife, 36-year-old Jaime Treakle.
Treakle's dead body was recovered after family volunteers searching the Black Hills around Cherry found Montiel's truck abandoned on a dirt side road. The woman's body was found in an abandoned mine shaft nearby. She had been released from the county jail after posting bond on a failure to appear warrant for a misdemeanor offense. She had been stabbed.
It is alleged that when she could not reach her boyfriend for a ride from the jail, she called Montiel.
Hughes had asked the court for a 60-day continuance in his time to file the notice to seek the death penalty. In Judge Michael Bluff's courtroom Monday, Montiel's lead attorney, Robyn Varcoe, repeated that delay will expire April 2. She said the defense has been accumulating mitigation material, but asked for an additional two weeks to consider the prosecution's statement when it is filed.
Judge Michael Bluff said he would reconvene the case April 12 at the end of the day, after an unrelated jury trial.
The attorneys will be allowed to participate by phone.