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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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On-Line Access to Live Court Proceedings

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

Update September 24, 2021

In the related case of Melissa Diegel, she has been declared incompetent!

Melissa Diegel Incompetent

Update October 17, 2021

Arlena Willes Denied Self-Representation

From Her Docket History

Update October 25, 2021

Oh no!  Shara Michelle is on to me and talking about me!

Link to FaceBook thread where Shara’s post below is found:

Meanwhile, in the Melissa Diegel case:

Update October 26, 2021

Melissa Diegel Rule 11 Hearing Court Minutes from October 25, 2021!

Melissa Diegel Rule 11 Oct 25 2021 Court Minutes

Update November 3, 2021

Melissa Diegel Order of Confinement of 10252021:

Diegel Order of Confinement 10252021

Willes gets hearing to consider self-representation!


Case precedent:

Update November 21, 2021

Upcoming proceeding for Arlena Willes:


Related Appeals Court ORDER:


Update December 1, 2021

Arlena Willes allowed to represent herself on appeal!


Update December 3, 2021

Melissa Diegel’s competency has been restored; trial can proceed!

Melissa Diegel Restored 12032021

Update December 6, 2021

Appeals Court Minute Entry


Update January 11, 2022

Court minutes of Melissa Diegel’s pre-trial hearing of January 6, 2022:

Melissa Diegel Pre Trial Conference Minutes 01062022

Update January 20, 2022

Arlena asks for more time to file her brief!

Update January 21, 2022

Arlena has been allowed 30 days or so to file her opening brief.

Update January 27, 2022

Melissa Diegel Case Delayed Again!

Melissa Diegel Trial Again Continued 01272022

Update February 2, 2022

Court Minutes in Melissa Diegel Case

Update February 16, 2022

Kayla Diegel files a federal complaint.  Could change things!

Kayla Diegel Federal Case Complaint 12132021

Update March 3, 2022

Kayla Diegel voluntarily dismisses the above case!

Kayla Voluntarily Dismisses Case

Questions have been raised as to whether or not Kayla was actually the initiator of the case and/or the motion to voluntarily dismiss.  The signatures on documents don’t appear to be a match and the return address on documents mailed to the court are from a 3rd party in another state from that where Kayla reportedly lives.

Update March 5, 2022

Kayla Diegel Dismissal Order

Update April 7, 2022

Arlena Willes Appeal Dismissed – Failure to Prosecute!

Update April 13, 2022

Melissa Diegel Case Management Conference Minutes

Update May 12, 2022

Arlena wants a lawyer now and some relief from her probation restrictions!


Update May 19, 2022

ORDER in Arlena Willes case!

Update July 12, 2022

Melissa Diegel settlement conference date comes and goes.  Have to wait and see what happens next.  Maybe it will be rescheduled.  Maybe not.  Maybe Melissa has made it clear she’s not interested in any settlement.

Melissa Diegel 07062022 vacating settlement conference

I now see that Melissa has filed a motion asking the settlement conference be rescheduled; something to do with wanting the victims to be available.  Maybe there are prospects for a settlement, maybe not.

Melissa Diegel Motion to Conitnue 07-11-2022

Update July 14, 2022

Continuance in the Melissa Diegel case has been granted.  In part, it is claimed that “attempts to settle” are in the works.  We’ll see about that, in due time.

Melissa Diegel Continuance 07-12-2022

Update August 3, 2022

Crystal Nuttle and Arlena Willes – Back In The Saddle!

Update August 8, 2022

Melissa Diegel denied request to travel out of state to her mother’s funeral!

Update August 9, 2022

State’s response to Melissa Diegel motion to travel which, as shown above, was denied:

State’s Objection to Melissa Diegel Motion for Travel 08052022

Update September 13, 2022

Melissa Diegel Case Settled?

Stay Tuned!

Update September 16, 2022

Melissa Diegel Plea Agreement


Melissa Diegel Update October 19, 2022

No jail for now – 10 years probation!



Update October 21, 2022


Diegel Sentencing ORDER 10202022

Update November 1, 2022

Arlena Willes filed a motion to modify the conditions of her probation and allow unrestricted contact with her son.  That motion is being opposed.


Update November 30, 2022

Order on Motion to Modify

Arlena Willes 11292022 Minute Entry

Update June 22, 2023

Arlena Willes ask to have probation terminated!

Willes Motion to Terminate Probation

Update July 17, 2023

Arlena’s request to terminate probation is denied!

Arlena Denied Request to Terminate Probation

Update October 13, 2023

After some ongoing wrangling, the State has filed it’s further objection to the termination of Arlena Willes’ probation as reflected in the document shown at the link below:

Update October 30, 2023

Arlena Willes’ request for termination of probation DENIED!

Update December 5, 2023

Arlena Willes has allegedly complied with conditions of probation and is asking again to have her probation terminated early.  Maybe it will work this time.  Maybe not.

Willes Mot Terminate Probation 30 Nov 2023

A related filing is at:

Willes Mot Terminate Petition Post Conviction Relief 30 Nov 2023

Update December 27, 2023

State response to Willes’ continuing whining about wanting off of probation.

Response Arlena Willes Motion Terminmate Probation Dec23

Update March 18, 2024

Arlena Willes keeps trying.  She had another hearing on March 8, 2024.  Following are the minutes of that meeting; Arlena loses out again!

Arlena Willes court hearing minute entry 03082024



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