- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

EDISON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey judge preparing for the upcoming trial of a Florida woman charged with killing her 5-year-old son more than 20 years ago visited the site where the boy’s remains were found.

The judge must decide whether jurors at Michelle Lodzinski’s trial will go the scene where Timothy Wiltsey’s skull was discovered 11 months after he disappeared from a Sayreville carnival in 1991.

Judge Dennis Nieves on Wednesday went to the exact location. He also visited a building where Lodzinski once worked, NJ.com (https://bit.ly/1IFIiGg ) reported.

Lodzinski’s lawyer, Gerald Krovatin, argued at the scene that the site looked nothing like it did in 1992. He is challenging the prosecution’s attempts to allow jurors to see it for themselves.

Prosecutors said the proximity of the remote site to Lodzinski’s workplace is crucial. They said Lodzinski, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, did not initially tell police that it was less than a mile away from where Wiltsey’s skull was found.

Nieves and lawyers were shown where Wiltsey’s shoe was reportedly found, about a tenth of a mile away from the site. Prosecutors plan to show that Lodzinski initially lied about whether she recognized the shoe.

Also Wednesday, Nieves ruled that jurors would not hear Lodzinski’s statements to the FBI after her arrest in a kidnapping hoax. In 1994, Lodzinski had said that FBI agents forcibly took her to Detroit, but she later admitted that she faked the abduction. In 1995, she was sentenced to three years on probation.

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Information from: NJ.com, https://www.nj.com

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