- The Washington Times - Monday, July 13, 2009

A D.C. judge denied a defense request Monday to postpone the trial of Banita Jacks, the District woman charged with killing her four daughters, then living with their decomposed bodies.

D.C. Superior Judge Frederick Weisberg said this morning the trial is “long overdue.” He is now considering a request by defense lawyer Peter Krauthamer to suppress his client’s six-hour, taped confession.

The four bodies were found in January 2008 when marshals arrived to evict Mrs. Jacks, 35, from her Southeast row house. Investigators said she had been living with the bodies for seven months.

The lawyers asked Monday for more time to review possible new evidence in the case, which will be decided by Judge Weisberg.

Mrs. Jacks faces 12 charges, including murder and failure to get medical care for her daughters — Brittany, 17, Tatianna, 11, N’Kiah, 6, and Aja, 5.

Investigators say one of the girls was stabbed to death, another was strangled and beaten, and the other two were strangled to death.

Doctors said this winter that Mrs. Jacks was competent to stand trial. The evaluation was ordered because she refused to cooperate with her defense and medical personnel. She also injured herself by slamming her hand in a door jamb and smiled when read a description of how decomposition had ravaged her daughters’ bodies, according to court records.

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