- Associated Press - Friday, February 10, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - The family of a Phoenix woman who’s accused of killing her three young sons last year are again speaking out against prosecutors’ plans to seek the death penalty.

Octavia Rogers had a status conference in her case Thursday. Her next court hearing is May 1.

Rogers was indicted by a Maricopa County grand jury in the deaths last June of 8-year-old Jaikare Rahaman, 5-year-old Jeremiah Adams and 2-month-old Avery Robinson.

Authorities say the three children were fatally stabbed and partially dismembered.

Rogers has pleaded not guilty. She remains in custody on three charges of premeditated first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Rogers deserves the death penalty because the killings were committed in an especially heinous, cruel or depraved manner.

An attorney for Rogers‘ family says his clients will fight against that plan.

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