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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.
Update July 6, 2021
Court minutes reporting the July 1, 2021 competency hearing for Melissa Diegel:
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:
Update July 20, 2021
Melissa Diegel Rule 11 rescheduled to 07272021 9:00 AM!
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
Conditions of Probation as to Count 2
Post Conviction Rights
Update July 27, 2021
Court Minutes on Sentencing of Arlena Willes!
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.
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!
Update August 12, 2021
Despite not checking the appropriate box, it appears Arlena is going to represent herself on appeal.
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!
Update September 24, 2021
In the related case of Melissa Diegel, she has been declared 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!
Update November 3, 2021
Melissa Diegel Order of Confinement of 10252021:
Willes gets hearing to consider self-representation!
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!
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:
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!
Update February 2, 2022
Court Minutes in Melissa Diegel Case
Update February 16, 2022
Kayla Diegel files a federal complaint. Could change things!
Update March 3, 2022
Kayla Diegel voluntarily dismisses the above 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
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.
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.
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.
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:
Update September 13, 2022
Melissa Diegel Case Settled?
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
Melissa Diegel SENTENCING ORDER!
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
Update June 22, 2023
Arlena Willes ask to have probation terminated!
Update July 17, 2023
Arlena’s request to terminate probation is denied!
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!