- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge has denied a request from a Phoenix woman to postpone her trial on a charge of murder in the 2011 death of a 10-year-old relative who was padlocked in a small plastic trunk for hours.

The trial of Sammantha Lucille Rebecca Allen is scheduled to begin on April 18.

Allen and her husband, John Michael Allen, have pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the death of Sammantha Allen’s cousin, Ame Deal.

John Allen is scheduled to go to trial on June 27.

Authorities say Deal died after John Allen padlocked her in the footlocker as discipline for having stolen Popsicles.

She was left in the plastic box all night and was found dead the next morning.

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