- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A former Las Vegas blackjack dealer lost a bid Wednesday to undo her guilty plea to abducting and killing her ex-boyfriend’s 10-year-old daughter and slashing a co-worker in a jealous rage in December 2012.

Clark County District Court Judge Kathleen Delaney heard from Brenda Stokes Wilson’s former court-appointed public defender and other witnesses before rejecting the contention she was misled before she pleaded guilty in January, court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price said.

The judge reset sentencing for May 16. Stokes Wilson remains in custody at the Clark County jail, She’s expected to get life in prison without parole for her guilty pleas to murder, kidnapping, attempted murder, burglary and mayhem.

Her new lawyer, Christopher Oram, said he’ll appeal Delaney’s ruling. The filing won’t delay sentencing.

Stokes Wilson, 53, admitted during her plea that she abducted and killed Jade Morris and slashed co-worker Joyce Rhone with a straight razor at the Bellagio casino, where they worked.

Stokes Wilson was a former girlfriend of the child’s father, Philip Morris, and a friend to Jade.

Police and family members think the Dec. 12 attacks were motivated by Stokes Wilson’s mistaken belief that the girl’s father had begun dating Rhone.

Jade’s body was found in an abandoned housing development about 10 miles from a downtown Las Vegas outlet mall where Stokes Wilson was to have taken the girl Christmas shopping.

Stokes Wilson could have faced the death penalty if she had been allowed to withdraw her plea and go to trial.


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