Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich

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07/2010

Terry Goddard Commends Supreme Court for Upholding Death Sentence

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 2, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today commended the Arizona Supreme Court for upholding the death penalty against Joshua Idelfonso Villalobos, now 28, in the 2004 murder of five-year-old Ashley Molina.

According to court documents, Villalobos lived with Annette Verdugo, five-year-old Ashley Molina (Verdugo’s daughter), and the couple’s two-year-old daughter.  On January 3, 2004, Villalobos and Ashley Molina picked Verdugo up at work in Phoenix and took her to dinner.  Ashley did not eat and complained about stomach pains.

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