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Jerice Hunter's attorney speaks out about arrest

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Jerice Hunter's attorney told CBS 5 News he doesn't know what new evidence was presented before the grand jury that indicted Hunter Thursday.  

"We are confident with the indictment of Jerice Hunter today we will achieve our second goal of securing justice for Jhessye," said Glendale police Chief Debora Black at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

"I think it's always a surprise when you hear a client is charged with criminal charges, especially something as serious as what the charges are in this case," said Hunter's attorney, Scott Maasen.

Hunter was arrested for child abuse last November, but those charges didn't stick. Maasen said he's been trying to get his hands on what investigators are using to try and prove his client is guilty of child abuse and murder.

"We haven't seen any information, any members of the public, myself included," Maasen said. "We haven't seen one document, one word with respect to the investigation of this case, so the good part about this is all that is now going to become public."

"It's a very lengthy investigation, a very thorough investigation," Black told the media. It's also a very quiet investigation; right now that's all investigators will divulge, saying they'll save the rest for trial.

Jhessye was reported missing Oct. 11 of last year. The case led to a fruitless search of a giant landfill.

"We believe Jhessye is at her final resting place at the Butterfield Station Landfill," Black said.

We asked Maasen what Hunter thinks happened to Jhessye.

"At this point, we don't know, we don't have any idea," he said.

The decision to set Hunter's bond should take place in the next 24 hours. Her attorney said she's been in contact with family and several people have come forth showing their support.

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