Christopher Clements Trial For Murder Of 6 Year Old Begins

Christopher Clements

Christopher Clements is a convicted sex offender and a convicted murderer from Arizona who will now stand trial for the murder of a six year old girl. Last year Christopher Clements was convicted in the murder, kidnapping of  13-year-old Maribel Gonzalez in 2014. Now Christopher Clements has been charged in the kidnapping and murder of six year old Isabel Celis who disappeared from her parents home in 2012. According to police reports Christopher Clements allegedly broke into the home and kidnapped the six year old girl. Christopher Clements who is serving a life sentence for the murder of Maribel Gonzalez faces another life sentence. To be honest I am wondering if there are more victims out there and why he was not sentenced to death.

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A jury has been seated for Christopher Clements’ second murder trial.

The jury was selected on Thursday, Feb. 9, and opening statements are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14.

13 News’ Mary Coleman will cover the trial and we will be updating our website throughout the day.

Clements, already serving life for another murder conviction, is accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Isabel Celis in 2012.

Clements was sentenced last year to life in prison for the 2014 kidnapping and murder of 13-year-old Maribel Gonzalez.

On Wednesday, Clements was in court for a pre-trial hearing.

Clements’ attorneys argued he had to return to Maricopa County because of a medical appointment for a condition that could result in permanent eye damage, but the judge denied the request. He will remain in Pima County for the trial, which is slated to last into March.

Clements was present in court Wednesday and occasionally whispered to his lawyer. He also smirked a few times and was swaying back and forth in his chair, but he did not speak.

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A man already convicted of killing a Tucson teenager now is facing another murder trial, this one involving a 6-year-old girl.

Jury selection from a pool of nearly 100 potential jurors began Thursday in Pima County Superior Court with Christopher Clements’ trial expected to start Tuesday and last 18 days.

The 41-year-old Clements is facing felony charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping a minor under age 15 and second-degree burglary.

Last September, Clements was convicted of killing of 13-year-old Maribel Gonzalez in 2014. He was sentenced the following month to natural life in prison plus 17 years for kidnapping, to be served consecutively with the life sentence for first-degree murder.

A different jury will hear Clements’ trial involving Isabel Celis’ death.

Clements, a convicted sex offender with a long criminal record, was arrested in 2018 and indicted on 22 felony counts in the two girls’ deaths.

Celis vanished from her parents’ Tucson home in April 2012 while Gonzalez disappeared while walking to a friend’s house in June 2014.

Authorities said Gonzalez’s body was found days after her disappearance while Celis’ remains weren’t recovered until 2017 after Clements led federal agents to the location.

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