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Judge Weighs Mom's Statements in Daughter's Death
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BENTON, IL - A southern Illinois judge is weighing whether a woman's statement to investigators examining the drowning death of her 8-year-old daughter can be used during her murder trial.
 
The Southern Illinoisan reports that an attorney for 30-year-old Mary Jophlin argued during a Franklin County court hearing Monday that his client's statements were pressured from police and should be thrown out.
 
Jophlin has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, concealment of a homicide and obstructing justice.
 
She is accused of killing Alexus Smothers in July 2011 at their West Frankfort home, then hiding the girl's body in a basement crawlspace.
 
Jophlin remains jailed in lieu of $2 million bail.
    


Published 11:30 AM, Tuesday Jul. 02, 2013
Updated 05:10 PM, Tuesday Jul. 02, 2013

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