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10/29/2012 3:10:00 PM
Montiel could face the death penalty
Joseph Montiel is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Jamie Treakle, one count of kidnapping, tampering with a witness, abandoning or concealing a dead body and two counts of interfering with judicial proceedings.
Joseph Montiel is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Jamie Treakle, one count of kidnapping, tampering with a witness, abandoning or concealing a dead body and two counts of interfering with judicial proceedings.

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


CAMP VERDE-- Joseph Montiel, 43, is charged with murdering his estranged wife Jamie Treakle Montiel. The first-degree murder charge means the prosecutor believes that killing was pre-meditated. So far, the Yavapai County Attorney's office has not indicated whether they will seek the death penalty in the killing.

Under Arizona statute, the prosecutor has 60 days from the date of the initial court appearance in which to make that determination, though that timeframe could be extended. In addition to the facts of the case, attorneys will be weighing information from the victim's family, any prior criminal history of Montiel or mitigating information.

Volunteers, including the 26 year old's father, found Montiel's truck abandoned in a ravine off a side road of Cherry Creek Road. Not far away police located the woman's dead body as well as other animal carcasses. Family members allege that Montiel had walked to his mother's home in Verde Village after he said he gave his truck to Jamie.

He is believed to have picked-up his estranged wife from the county roadway after she had bonded out from the county jail. Jamie had been arrested for failing to pay fines and appear in a misdemeanor court case.

Montiel, himself, had been free from jail on bond awaiting sentencing at the time of the killing, after being charged with earlier assaulting Jamie with a pool cue. Another count of assault with a frying pan was dismissed in the plea agreement.

If the county attorney gives the court notice that it will seek the death penalty prosecution, a number of special court rules take effect.

Instead of a single trial, there are essentially two trials if the death penalty is called for. The first is a trial to determine "guilt beyond a reasonable doubt."

Because of the complexity of death penalty cases, state law allows additional time for the court process and requires a qualified attorney to represent the defendant.

After a survey of qualified attorneys in the Public Defender's office and other contract attorney determined they all had a conflict with representing Montiel, a Phoenix attorney was assigned to the case. Attorney Rena Glitsos graduated from Loyola Law School, was admitted to the California Bar, returned to Phoenix and was admitted to the Bar in Arizona. She was promoted to become the first woman trial group supervisor in the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office until she entered private practice in 2000. Her practice consists of serious felonies, including death penalty cases.

Montiel is charged with two counts of first-degree murder (both involving the death of Jamie), one count of kidnapping, tampering with a witness, abandoning or concealing a dead body and two counts of interfering with judicial proceedings.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Article comment by: dee j

BR>R.I.P Jamie ur always with us! We love u always and forever

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Article comment by: Susie Q

Is there a lawyer out there who will take our case? there's so much injustice here!

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Article comment by: Susie Q

The guy is a straight control freak who could not control her! The death penalty isn't always the best for the family's of victims. The family has to endorse endless years of litigation and it is extremely painful to have to relive the nIghtmare of this senseless brutalcrime. I'm not sure he would not mind it either since he will be living hi and large. Greatmeals excellent defense team, clothes better than average JOE visitors whenever he please etc. general pop just like all the other guys that reside there, what's the problem?

Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Article comment by: J.P. De Luna

this is a very interesting case.I wish the articles author would have provided more detail
regarding why most of the attorneys in the P.D.'s office claimed conflict of interest when asked about representation of this defendant.
I also would've liked more info. on the animal remains found in proximity of the victim.


Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Article comment by: Everthing but the kitchen sink

And a book.

I say throw the book at him since that's all there's left..




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