- Associated Press - Saturday, November 28, 2015

HOUMA, La. (AP) - A Mathews woman convicted of killing her two young children is asking a federal judge to overturn that conviction.

Amy Hebert, 48, was sentenced in 2009 to consecutive life sentences for the stabbing deaths of 9-year-old Camille and 7-year-old Braxton in 2007.

Letty S. Di Giulio of New Orleans claims in the appeal that women were improperly eliminated from the jury pool, and her trial attorney did a poor job, The Courier (https://bit.ly/1Xnvikx ) reported.

Hebert has already made the argument in state court and lost, parish prosecutors said.

The state Supreme Court upheld Hebert’s conviction on two counts of first-degree murder, which has only two possible sentences: death or life in prison.

The state’s highest court cited the 2014 ruling by District Judge Jerome J. Barbera III, who wrote that “defense counsel used their experience and training in the most skillful manner to properly defend” Hebert.

Hebert pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. A psychologist testified that she believed God had told her to kill her children, herself and the family dog.

Hebert, a former teacher’s aide at Lockport Elementary School, stabbed or cut herself 19 times on her wrists, eyelids, neck and chest.

Jurors rejected both the insanity claim and the death sentence.

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Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com


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