Christopher Clement appeared in court for status conference

KVOA Tuscon News

TUCSON – The man accused of kidnapping and murdering two Tucson girls appeared in court for a status conference on Monday.

Christopher Clements, 36, faces 22 charges in connection to the murders of Isabel Celis, 6, and Mariber Gonzales, 13.

Last month, a judge granted another extension for prosecutors to decide if they want to pursue the death penalty against Christopher Clements.

On Friday, prosecutors filed paperwork to seek the death penalty in the double-murder case.

Clements was charged last September. The state initially had until Nov. 24 to provide its notice to seek the death penalty. The prosecution and defense asked for an extension until Jan. 24, which the judge granted.

Prosecutors were not able to schedule a Capital Review Panel until after the deadline.

Attorneys on both sides agreed to ask for another extension, which the judge also granted.