Medical examiner describes injuries in girl's murder

2013-10-17T18:00:00Z 2013-10-18T07:47:21Z Medical examiner describes injuries in girl's murderBy Patrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The doctor who performed the autopsy on a 7-year-old girl told jurors in Pima County Superior Court that the victim was beaten and stabbed multiple times before she died.

Dr. Veena Singh, with the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office, was a witness for the prosecution in the third day of testimony in the first-degree murder trial of Kyle Alegria, who is accused of killing Rhia Almeida, who had come to his Ajo home to play with his younger brother. The girl was killed June 18, 2009.

Pima County sheriff’s detective James Brown testified that large bloodstains were found on the floor in one of the bedrooms of the house where Alegria lived.

Alegria’s parents told investigators they found their son cleaning the carpets and bedding in the home the night Rhia was killed, behavior they described as out of the ordinary.

Alegria’s father also said the home smelled of bleach.

The trial continues on Monday.

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

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