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Guilty verdict

Phoenix man found guilty of murder

Posted 3/28/24

Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell has announced the guilty verdict of Cecil Noyola (06/1959) for the murder of his girlfriend, Jessica Kennedy, in January of 2021. 

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Guilty verdict

Phoenix man found guilty of murder


A 65-year-old Phoenix man was convicted of killing his girlfriend in January 2021, according to a Maricopa County Attorney press release. 

The man, Cecil Noyola, was "acting erratically over the course of several days" leading up to the incident, a press release stated. 

Police found the woman with a gunshot wound to the head, according to the press release, but no weapon was recovered from the scene. 

Noyola turned himself in January  2021. 

The Phoenix man was convicted on charges of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. His sentencing is scheduled for 11 a.m. at  May 20. 

“This defendant shot his girlfriend, left her to die, and then did everything possible to avoid being held accountable,” stated County Attorney Rachel Mitchell in a press release. “I hope Jessica knows we worked hard over the last three years to get justice for her. To her family and loved ones, I hope this is the start of their journey towards healing.”

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