Alegria found guilty of murdering 7-year-old Ajo girl in 2009

2013-10-24T11:36:00Z Alegria found guilty of murdering 7-year-old Ajo girl in 2009Patrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A Jury in Pima County Superior Court has found Kyle Alegria guilty of the 2009 rape and murder of his 7-year-old neighbor.

The jury in Judge Deborah Bernini’s courtroom found Alegria guilty of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor under the age of 15 after hearing eight days of testimony.

Alegria was accused of killing Rhia Almeida, a friend of his younger brother who had come to the house to visit.

The defense and state plan to argue again to the jury Thursday afternoon to determine the aggravating factors on the first-degree murder charge.

Alegria could face the death penalty.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929.

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