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KINGMAN — The defense attorney for Justin James Rector is objecting to a judge’s recent order to release Rector’s mental health records to prosecutors.

Rector’s attorney, Harry Moore, is asking Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen to vacate last week’s order to release Rector’s records from Mohave Mental Health and the county’s juvenile detention center to Deputy Mohave County Attorney Greg McPhillips.

The records from Mohave Mental Health are from 2008 to 2014 and records from the juvenile detention center are from 2001 to 2005. A third facility reportedly purged Rector’s records.

Moore argues that Jantzen’s order was signed Christmas Eve with little time to respond and the attorney also asked the judge to set a hearing to argue the prosecutor’s motion requesting the records. He also said medical information should not be disclosed to prosecutors without good cause.

Rector, 26, is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, child abuse and abandonment of a dead body for the murder of Isabella Grogan-Cannella. Rector allegedly killed Grogan-Cannella shortly after midnight on Sept. 2 and left her partially naked body buried in a shallow grave near her Lakeside Drive home. Grogan-Cannella’s death has been ruled as asphyxia due to strangulation.

Jantzen previously set Rector’s trial date for Oct. 17, 2016, and set a pre-trial hearing for Aug. 23, 2016. Rector’s next hearing is set for Jan. 28.  McPhillips is seeking the death penalty against Rector, the only capital case in Mohave County.

Three weeks ago, the judge ordered Rector to undergo an IQ competency evaluation to determine his sanity at the time of the alleged crime, which is required in a death penalty case. A pre-screening mental health exam has determined that Rector is competent to stand trial.

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