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Alaska woman accused of killing daughters disrupts hearing

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A hearing for an Alaska woman accused of killing her two infant daughters was disrupted when she protested her public defender’s request that her trial be delayed.

Stephany Bilecki, of Fairbanks, called out from her seat Thursday, telling the judge she doesn’t want her trial held in December, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported .

Bilecki’s public defender, Justin Racette, asked Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy on Thursday to reschedule Bilecki’s omnibus hearing for Dec. 13 to allow him time to get up to speed on the case.

Omnibus hearings are held so the judge can determine whether any motions will be filed, whether both sides have access to important evidence and whether the trial is likely to start on the scheduled date.

“I just received a pretty large volume of evidence on a hard drive just this last week. I’ve only begun to scratch the surface in going through it,” Racette said.

McConahy, noting the “nature of the case and the representation of the volume of discovery,” granted Racette’s request and rescheduled the trial for the week of Dec. 31.

At that point Bilecki loudly voiced her objection.

McConahy told Bilecki they could “address any speedy trial issues” at her Oct. 5 calendar call.

Bilecki was indicted Aug. 30 on two counts of first-degree murder and four counts of second-degree murder for the 2015 death of her 4-month-old and the 2017 death of her 13-month-old. She has pleaded not guilty.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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