Katie Stockton enters a plea again for first degree murder charges. The Rockton native pleaded not guilty to the new indictment against her.
Stockton quietly cried while the judge read out the 12 count indictment. But her lawyer spoke up entering a plea of not guilty.
She is accused of leaving her daughter, Baby Crystal, to die on a Winnebago County road in December 2004. It took until 2009 before investigators finally found a DNA match to Crystal in Stockton. She has been in jail since 2009 but her trial continues to face delays.
The new indictments came out last month, but her lawyers against asked for a delay, this time in her arraignment so the counts could be explained to Stockton. Some of the former counts had been death penalty eligible but that was because at the time Illinois still had that as a sentence.
In the new indictment Stockton faces 12 first degree murder counts. The possible sentences range from 20 to 100 years and natural life in prison.
Also during the hearing, Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia appeared to hand over some subpoenaed material regarding the autopsy of Baby Crystal. The defense says that the documents could make a difference on which experts they call to testify. The judge is still trying to get a list of the experts that will be called at trial. The defense hopes to have that by next month. Stockton will be back in court November 13th.
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