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Murdered girl's stepdad pleads to charges on drugs, weapon

Ralph Folster

Ralph Folster

KINGMAN - The first of four adults tied to the murder of a Bullhead City girl last September pleaded guilty to drug and weapons charges Friday.

Ralph Folster, 28, pleaded guilty to six counts of sale of dangerous drugs (methamphetamine) and one count of misconduct involving weapons as a prohibited possessor in front of Judge Billy Sipe, who will sentence Folster May 5.

Folster, his wife Tania Grogan, 29 and the mother of Bella Grogan-Cannella, and his mother, 59-year-old Freddie Nicholson, were arrested a few weeks after Justin James Rector, 26, allegedly strangled the 8-year-old child and buried her body in a shallow grave in a wash about a mile from her home.

Rector was living with the family and was allegedly provided methamphetamine from Grogan. He babysat as the other adults in the home went to Walmart at about midnight on Sept. 2.

The murder investigation led police to search the home for drugs, which they allegedly found.

Folster's plea agreement calls for a sentence of between 10 and a half and 35 years in prison. He previously served a three-year sentence on theft and drug charges from April 2006 to April 2009.

The cases against Grogan and Nicholson have not been resolved.

Rector could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.

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