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Originally Posted June 9, 2021
by Robert Baty

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The State Indictment – June 2019

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The trial began at the end of May 2021.  The State completed its presentation, the defense responded, the State offered one rebuttal witness, and that portion of the trial was concluded on June 8, 2021.

The jury may receive the case for a verdict on June 9, 2021.

Update 11:10 AM MT

Looks like the prosecution still has another witness for rebuttal.

Live, video access link:

Update 11:40 AM MT

There were 2 rebuttal witnesses this morning and after examination both sides rested and the judge provided the instructions to the jury regarding how they should complete their task in reaching a verdict.

Update 12:00 Noon MT

Closing arguments began and were concluded.

Update 3:00 PM MT

The jury is deliberating.  Before the jury left the courtroom, there were outburts from Arlena Willes who was called out by the judge.

For more detailed discussions of the proceedings today, go the FaceBook group thread at the following link and related threads in that group:

Update June 9, 2021 – 4:35 PM MT

And the verdict is: Guilty on all charges!

Sentencing set for:  July 26, 2021

Free on bond pending sentencing!

Update June 14, 2021

Meanwhile, in the related case of Melissa Diegel, Melissa has been granted a continuance regarding her Rule 11 Hearing (mental competency).  It is now scheduled for July 1, 2021.

Melissa Diegel Rule 11 Hearing June 10 2021

Update July 6, 2021

Court minutes reporting the July 1, 2021 competency hearing for Melissa Diegel:

Melissa Diegel Competency Hearing 07012021

July 15, 2021

Melissa Diegel was to have Rule 11 competency hearing today, but all parties decided that, since the judge had off-the-record contact with CPS that the case should be reassigned.

Melissa was not particularly happy, complained of being denied justice, and advised the Court she did NOT waive her right to a speedy trial.

Update July 16, 2021

Melissa Diegel court minutes regarding Rule 11 hearing yesterday:

Melissa Diegel Rule 11 Reassigned 07152021

Update July 20, 2021

Melissa Diegel Rule 11 rescheduled to 07272021 9:00 AM!

Melissa Diegel Rule 11 Scheduled for 07272021

Update July 25, 2021

Sentencing for Arlena Willes is still scheduled for tomorrow morning at 8:30 AM (Maricopa County, AZ Time).

Link to On-Line Access

Update July 26, 2021

Something appears to have gone wrong and there was no livestreaming of the sentencing of Arlena Willes.  According to reports, Arlena received a sentence of 10 years probation on each charge.  More details may become available later.

Conditions of Probation as to Count 1

Arlena Willes Probation Conditions Count 1 07262021

Conditions of Probation as to Count 2

Arlena Willes Probation Conditions Count 2 07262021

Post Conviction Rights

Arlena Willes Post Conviction Rights 07262021

Update July 27, 2021

Court Minutes on Sentencing of Arlena Willes!

Arlena Willes Court Minutes Sentencing 07272021

Update July 28, 2021

Melissa Diegel Rule 11 doctors split 1-1.  Another doctor appointed to do a 3rd evaluation and a new Rule 11 hearing scheduled for September 9, 2021 at 11:00 AM.

Melissa Diegel Rule 11 Split

Update July 30, 2021

Crystal Nuttle on Arlena Willes case:

Update August 10, 2021

Notice of appeal and motion to withdraw as counsel filed by Rick Tosto on behalf of Arlena Willes!

Willes Notice of Appeal 08052021

Update August 12, 2021

Despite not checking the appropriate box, it appears Arlena is going to represent herself on appeal.

Arlena Willes Notice of Pro Se Appeal Redacted 08092021

Update August 13, 2021

The residence the Willes’ resided at has sold a couple of times in recent months according to his post in FaceBook and they are now, reportedly, living in a much less quality apartment.

Update August 12, 2021

Willes Appeals Court docket document showing that she is being appointed a public defender for her appeal.  She won’t like that!

Update August 20, 2021

The Arlena Willes sentencing video has now been posted, but not publicly.  I do not know how to copy and post it.  Here, however, is the screenshot of the post of the video and 2 possible links that might access the video itself.


Easy Access to Sentencing Video via YouTube at:

Update August 26, 2021

Crystal Nuttle calls out Merissa Hamilton for failing Arlena Willes.

Merissa Hamilton’s FaceBook Address:

Update August 27, 2021

Arlena Willes has been active on Crystal Nuttle’s FaceBook page today, including posting the following about me!

Below attached to the above:


Update September 10, 2021

It appears Arlena Willes has failed to keep the Appeals Court properly informed of her new address!

Willes Court of Appeals History








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