A motion hearing scheduled for Thursday, May 31, has been canceled for a Miller County woman accused in the burning death of her infant son.
A motion hearing scheduled for Thursday, May 31, has been canceled for a Miller County woman accused in the burning death of her infant son. Christina L. White, defense attorneys and prosecuting attorneys were due in a Laclede County courtroom on Thursday for several motions still left undecided. One of the motions filed by public defenders is to suppress statements made by particular witnesses. Another motion still left undecided is a decision to exclude certain evidence from the trial.
White's jury trial is scheduled to begin September 17 at the Laclede County Courthouse. A pre-trial conference is scheduled in the days leading up to the beginning of her trial.
White is being represented by two public defenders, Beverly A. Beimdiek and Robert Craig Wolfrum.
Greene County Division 1 Judge Michael J. Cordonnier is presiding over White's case.
He has asked the Laclede County clerk to produce 80 residents to be narrowed down as jurors on the case.
White was arrested in early July 2007 after allegedly setting fire to the blanket wrapped around her 7-month-old son Wayne E. Anderson Jr. The incident occurred at White's sister's house in Iberia. Two other children were home at the time.
According to court documents, White, who was 23 at the time, told authorities she set the blanket on fire due to "extreme stress."
The infant spent several weeks in the hospital until his death on July 31, 2007.
White has pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree murder, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree and first degree arson resulting in injury or death. All charges are felonies under Missouri State Statutes.
Miller County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Howard had sought the death penalty against White, but a judge appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that White met the definition of mentally retarded. Therefore, she was not eligible to face execution if found guilty.
White can still be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole if the jury finds she is guilty of her son's death.
White has remained in custody since her 2007 arrest.