LB - RoomStore 0503

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 : local May 28, 2016

2/3/2011 1:33:00 PM
Priem, Collins may seek grand jury remand in Sylar's death
Nancy Collins and Christina Priem
Nancy Collins and Christina Priem

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

CAMP VERDE - Christina Priem and her mother Nancy Collins were back in Yavapai County Superior Court Tuesday on a case management conference linked to the death of 2-year-old Sylar Newton at the Beaver Creek Campground last summer.

Priem and Collins' attorneys now suggest they will to ask that the case be sent back to the Grand Jury.

The custodial mother of Newton and Collins are charged with child abuse and drug offenses linked to the child's death.

Even though they appeared in court together, Priem, 36, and Collins, 57, have separate attorneys. Michael Shaw represents Collins, but Flagstaff private attorney Tony Gonzales has now withdrawn from representing Priem and Deputy Public Defender Robert Gundacker has assumed her defense.

Shaw asked the Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley for at least 30 days before a pre-trial conference is set in order to review the "significant discovery" he has now received.

Gundacker told the judge that he has received the discovery as well, but complained that "there is so much that has been redacted," that it is difficult to follow the chain of events. That black ink is "causing a hindrance" said Gundacker. He said "every non-victim's name has been redacted" and there were dozens of people and officers involved in the search. He emphasized, "even the search map is redacted."

The judge ordered that the attorneys be provided with a non-redacted copy of the discovery.

The judge asked Shaw if he has determined whether the case should be dubbed "complex," which would allow a longer timeframe for the trial process but Shaw says he is not ready to ask that yet. Ainley said that question would be decided at the case management conference she set for March 1 at 9 a.m.

Both women have claimed that Sylar wandered away from the campsite in the middle of the night.

After an exhaustive search of the surrounding area, Sylar's body was not found until three weeks later, about a mile away. The Sheriff's Office has ruled the case a homicide.

Priem is held pending $300,000 bond on drug and abuse charges. Collins is held on $75,000 bond on child abuse the child abuse charge.

ICT - Lamb Auto 0501 Nissan 180x150
Related Stories:
• Christina Priem pleads guilty to child abuse in death of Sylar Newton

    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Marana man suffers skull injury, brain bleed following ATV crash (3260 views)

•   What's hot in Verde Valley job market? (3159 views)

•   Cornville man charged with child molestation seeks plea (3052 views)

•   Man arrested on numerous charges after crashing stolen motorcycle (2396 views)

•   Blaze erupts from panel van at gas station (2325 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
HSE - Father Son Look a Like Contest
HSE - Readers Choice 300x100
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 - Home Furnishings Direct 0519

© Copyright 2016 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 © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved