Ky woman pleads not guilty in baby death

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Associated Press

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 2:01 PM

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky teenager has pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder in the death of her baby sister.

The Richmond Register reported (http://bit.ly/19dWUgf ) that 17-year-old Jessica Marcum entered the plea at her arraignment Thursday in Madison Circuit Court.

A judge earlier determined that Marcum should be tried as an adult. Marcum is charged with killing her 9-month-old sister, Bella Rose Marcum. The child died June 11.

Marcum is not eligible for the death penalty if convicted, however she could face a sentence of 20 to 50 years to life in prison.

Marcum's attorney asked Madison Circuit Court Judge Jean C. Logue to reduce Marcum's bond, which was set at $100,000.

Logue said she needed to examine the pretrial information collected by district court before deciding.

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Information from: Richmond Register, http://www.richmondregister.com

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