Assistant public defenders Reyna Morales and Debra Patterson told Milwaukee County Circuit Judge David Borowski Tuesday they are still exploring a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, in the case of Annette Morales-Rodriguez.
Morales-Rodriguez is charged with two counts of intentional homicide, allegedly performing a Caesarean section on a pregnant woman in 2011 that killed both the mother and the fetus, in a hope to pass off the child as her own, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Thursday.
Her initial lawyers withdrew from the case for personal reasons: One was facing a drunk driving charge and the other was an alleged victim in a domestic violence case being prosecuted by the same office prosecuting the Morales-Rodriguez case, the newspaper said.
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