Judge Weighs Mom's Statements in Daughter's Death
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.