rectorA Bullhead City man charged with the murder of his friend’s young daughter makes incriminating statements in telephone calls he placed to his father. The admissions of Justin Rector, 26, in the asphyxiation murder of 8-year-old Isabella “Bella” Grogan-Cannella come in an October 31, 2014 call placed to James Rector from the Mohave County jail in Kingman. “I’m going to plead guilty,” Rector tells his father. “I’ve got to accept responsibility and take my (expletive) punishment.” Disclosure of phone calls and other incriminating statements in a postcard Rector mailed to his father last year come through a formal public records request submitted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal on February 20. In another phone call to a woman identified only as “Ashley” Rector accepts responsibility and rejects her suggestion that he’s taking the fall for someone else. “I just want you to tell me you didn’t do anything and that you’re going to come home,” Ashley said. Rector faces a possible death sentence if convicted of first degree murder and other charges. His attorney, Mohave County Public Defender Harry Moore, is not responding to media inquiries.

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