rector-twoAttorneys indicate they’re making progress as they continue preparing for a Mohave County death penalty case that is expected to go to trial in 13 months. Justin Rector, 27, Bullhead City, is charged in the September, 2014 murder of eight-year-old Isabella “Bella” Grogan-Cannella.

Dozens of pretrial motions have been filed in the case but no rulings were made during a Wednesday status hearing before Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen.

Defense attorney Gerald Gavin said his team is conducting witness interviews and preparing mitigation. Judge Jantzen scheduled another status hearing on December 9.