- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

BENTON, Ill. (AP) - The trial of a southern Illinois woman accused of drowning her 8-year-old daughter has been postponed.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan (https://bit.ly/1j8ogtI ) reports 31-year-old Mary Zumwalt-Jophlin had been scheduled for a May 6 trial in Franklin County in connection with Alexus Smothers’ 2011 death. But those proceedings have been delayed until Sept. 6.

Authorities allege Zumwalt-Jophlin killed her daughter at their West Frankfort home and then hid the girl’s body in a basement crawlspace.

She’s pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, concealment of a homicide and obstructing justice.

She remains jailed in lieu of $2 million bail.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for April 29.


Information from: Southern Illinoisan, https://www.southernillinoisan.com

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