Trial date set for woman accused in baby’s burning death


NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — News outlets report a judge said the trial for Felicia Smith would begin Jan. 19, 2021. Levi Cole Ellerbe died in July 2018 after being found with burns on 90% of his body.

Prosecutors say his mother asked Smith to kill the boy. Both Smith and the boy’s mother are charged with first-degree murder.

The Alexandria Town Talk reports lawyers for Smith worked Tuesday to obtain DNA data from the state crime lab.

The judge had signed a subpoena for the evidence, but it hasn’t been turned over.

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