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Pinal deputies arrest man in Casa Grande stabbing

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- Authorities in Pinal County say a man stabbed his mother to death and also stabbed her sister at a home outside Casa Grande before a neighbor hit him several times with a shovel to stop the attack.

The sheriff's office said they found the neighbor standing over 38-year-old Joseph Cain Cecil when they arrived. Cecil was later arrested on murder and other charges.

His 65-year-old mother was found inside the home and her 63-year-old sister outside, where she was being attacked when the neighbor intervened. Ronna Thomas was pronounced dead at a Casa Grande hospital and her sister was flown to a Phoenix hospital. Her name and conditions weren't released.

Babeu praised the neighbor, saying if the man hadn't taken action, both women would be dead.

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