- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Jury selection has begun in Frederick for the trial of a 20-year-old woman accused of fatally stabbing her grandmother.

Lawyers aimed to seat a jury late Monday for the trial of Hestina Harris. They plan opening statements Tuesday

Harris is charged with first-degree murder in the December 2014 slaying of 67-year-old Lillie Morris. Morris was found bleeding on the front lawn of the Burkittsville-area home she shared with her husband, her granddaughter and Harris’ 4-month-old daughter.

Harris told police she saw a man in a ski mask running from the house. Investigators found blood on Harris’ arms and clothing that she said came from her efforts to help her wounded grandmother.

Defense attorneys say that if Harris is convicted, they’ll present evidence that mental illness rendered her not criminally responsible.


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