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Utah woman charged with killing 6 newborns makes brief court appearance

Megan Huntsman, charged with killing six newborns after giving birth in secret, was silent during a brief court appearance in Utah.
By Frances Burns   |   July 21, 2014 at 4:14 PM
PROVO, Utah, July 21 (UPI) -- A lawyer for the Utah woman charged with killing six newborn babies said Monday he needs more time to talk to medical experts about the case.

A judge scheduled another hearing for October, when Megan Huntsman could waive a preliminary hearing. Huntsman appeared in court Monday wearing jail garb of orange pants and a green top, but said nothing.

Huntsman, 39, was arrested in April after her estranged husband, who had recently been released from prison, found the body of a newborn in their home. Police eventually found seven bodies, but Huntsman allegedly told investigators one was stillborn.

Huntsman allegedly concealed her pregnancies from her husband and then strangled or smothered the babies immediately after their birth.

Lawyer Anthony Howell said at least one of his experts is not available until next month. Howell has not said if he is considering a psychiatric defense.

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