YUMA, Ariz. – A Yuma Marine charged with the murder of his 22-month-old stepdaughter appears in front of Judge Rouff at the Yuma County Superior Court.
Jared Cardwell is being represented by the local public defenders office. In court Tuesday, his lawyer asked for more time in looking over extensive digital evidence that has been submitted by the state.
Cardwell is facing 2nd-degree murder for the death of Celine Matus. The baby girl’s body was found unresponsive at MCAS Yuma on May 19th, 2015. Cardwell was arrested three days later.
He initially appeared in court in San Diego, where he was being held in a military brig at MCAS Miramar.
According to court records at the Superior Courthouse in Yuma, Cardwell has been in and out of court here since this April.
In an official statement, MCAS Miramar says, “The Yuma District Attorney’s office confirmed that they would prosecute the case. Cardwell was administratively separated from USMC for commission of a serious offense.”
It has not been confirmed when exactly he was brought back to Yuma.
Cardwell has not entered a plea. He is expected back in court for a continued final management conference in August.