On Wednesday December 25th, 2013, at approximately 9:31 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to a 911 call reference a domestic dispute at The Colony Apartments, located at 351 North Peart Road. The caller, 33-year-old Adam Villa, stated his ex-wife stabbed him, and he was driving himself to Casa Grande Regional Medical Center.
Officers responded to The Colony Apartments and found 35-year-old Connie Villa and her children in the apartment. Initially, three of her children, ages 3, 5, and 8, were found in the apartment with her. During the investigation, police discovered a fourth child, a 13-year-old female, identified as Aniarael Macias, deceased in the bathroom.
The initial investigation revealed that two adult subjects had been stabbed. Connie and her husband were both flown to separate Phoenix area hospitals for treatment. The three surviving children were transported to a Phoenix area hospital for evaluation.
Connie Villa, 35, was taken into custody Sunday morning in connection with the death of 13-year-old Aniarael Macias. She is also accused of attempting to poison her three children.
Villa was arrested after being released from Maricopa Medical Center, where she was being treated for what investigators believe to be self-inflicted stab wounds to her upper torso. She faces one count of first-degree murder and four counts of attempted first-degree murder.
“Although an autopsy for Aniarael was conducted yesterday (Saturday) in Pima County, the results of which did not identify a cause of death, investigators feel the evidence found at the scene of the crime along with interviews and medical information of the surviving children, give our Department cause to believe Connie Villa was attempting to end the lives of all of her children and her ex-husband, Adam Villa,” police said in a statement.
At this time, it is unclear what the dispute was over.
The family of Aniarael Macias issued a statement on Sunday:
“On behalf of Michael Macias, Ania’s father, Vera Macias, Ania’s grandmother and extended family, we request that the focus of this tragedy be a celebration of our precious Ania’s life. She was a gentle, kind and beautiful spirit who was taken from us much too soon. Michael and his family are heartbroken.
“Ania was always smiling. She loved her brothers and sisters. She enjoyed spending time with her father and sister Gaby. We are writing this statement in hopes that the media and other outlets will allow Michael and our family to grieve peacefully.
“We thank everyone for the outpouring of support for our family. We appreciate your prayers and positive thoughts. We pray that justice will be served.”