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Joseph Montiel is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Jamie Treakle, one count of kidnapping, tampering with a witness, abandoning or concealing a dead body and two counts of interfering with judicial proceedings.

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Montiel could face the death penalty

Joseph Montiel, 43, is charged with murdering his estranged wife Jamie Treakle Montiel. The first-degree murder charge means the prosecutor believes that killing was pre-meditated. So far, the Yavapai County Attorney's office has not indicated whether they will seek the death penalty in the killing.