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Death penalty sought for AZ woman charged in death of daughter, 13

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Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles, right, stands with Adam Villa, the ex-husband of a Casa Grande woman accused of killing their 13-year-old daughter on Christmas Day. (Source: CBS 5 News) Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles, right, stands with Adam Villa, the ex-husband of a Casa Grande woman accused of killing their 13-year-old daughter on Christmas Day. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Ania Macias. Ania Macias.
Connie Villa is accused of killing her 13-year-old daughter, Ania. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Connie Villa is accused of killing her 13-year-old daughter, Ania. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
FLORENCE, AZ (CBS5/AP) -

A Casa Grande woman who told police she suffocated her 13-year-old daughter with her bare hands could face the death penalty.

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles filed the notice of intent on June 3. 

In January, Connie Villa, 35, was charged with 11 felony counts.

[Click here to read the complete indictment (PDF)]

Villa was arrested Dec. 29 after the Christmas Day incident in which Ania Macias died, and at which time she also is suspected of stabbing her ex-husband repeatedly and threatening to kill the three children they had by forcing them to take prescription drugs.

The indictment against Villa includes one count of felony premeditated first-degree murder, four counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of kidnapping, and four counts of felony child abuse.

The 11th charge represents an alternative to the charge of premeditated first-degree murder, Voyles said.

That charge accuses Villa of committing the crime of child abuse "and in the course, furtherance, or immediate flight from that offense she committed murder," Voyles said.

All but one count carries an additional allegation of domestic violence and the another 10 charges signify dangerous crimes against children.

"Tragedy from abuse strikes far too many families, and unfortunately, the holidays often represent an increase in domestic violence cases," Voyles said.

Villa's husband, Adam Villa, who is the father of the three surviving children, said they "are doing well." He said he's trying to keep the children's lives as close to normal as possible and that they are attending school.

He said he is still in some pain from his physical wounds but is doing a lot better.

Ania is the daughter of Connie Villa and Michael Macias.

Connie Villa is being held without bond in the Pinal County Jail.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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