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Lawyers to argue about sanity of DC woman who killed 4 daughters, lived with corpses

Posted on: October 16, 2009

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DC mom who lived with girls’ corpses due in court

WASHINGTON — A D.C. woman convicted of killing her four daughters and living with their decomposing bodies for months is returning to court for a hearing on her refusal to use an insanity defense.

Banita Jacks was found guilty in July of four murders. She faces life in prison and had been scheduled to be sentenced Friday.

But defense lawyers are still questioning Jacks’ refusal to use an insanity defense. They are asking the judge to appoint an independent counsel to investigate.

Prosecutors oppose the request, and a U.S. attorney’s office spokesman says the judge is expected to hear arguments on the issue Friday. It’s unclear whether the sentencing will go forward.

U.S. Marshals discovered the bodies of Jacks’ daughters — ages 5 to 16 — in January 2008 when they came to evict her.

(This version CORRECTS age of oldest girl to 16 instead of 17)

http://blog.taragana.com/law/2009/10/16/lawyers-to-argue-about-sanity-of-dc-woman-who-killed-4-daughters-lived-with-corpses-14522/

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