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Judge To Permit Limited TV Coverage Of Trial In Child Deaths

Tucson Police Department

A Pima County Superior Court judge will allow video coverage of a man's murder trial in two child killings in Tucson but with limitations.

Judge Deborah Bernini says she'll allow the media to record Christopher Clements' trial in the deaths of 6-year-old Isabel Celis and 13-year-old Maribel Gonzales for later use online or over the air but not for live transmission.

KGUN-TV reports that defense attorneys argued that cameras would impair Clements' chances for a fair trial, while prosecutors argued that cameras could violate the privacy of victim families.

Attorneys for KGUN and another Tucson station argued to keep the trial scheduled for February 2021 open to cameras, with KGUN attorney Daniel Arellano saying video coverage helps the public monitor court proceedings.