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Trial set for woman accused of drowning daughter

December 20, 2013

BENTON, Ill. (AP) — The trial of a southern Illinois woman accused of drowning her 8-year-old daughter is scheduled for next spring.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan (http://bit.ly/1kpuq8Z) reports that a Franklin County judge on Thursday scheduled the proceedings for 31-year-old Mary Zumwalt-Jophlin to begin May 6.

Jophlin is accused of killing Alexus Smothers in July 2011 at their West Frankfort home and then hiding the girl’s body in a basement crawlspace.

She’s pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, concealment of a homicide and obstructing justice.

She remains jailed in lieu of $2 million bail.

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com

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