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Trial date set for woman accused in baby's burning death

Posted at 7:37 AM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 08:37:27-04

NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) - A trial date has been set for a Louisiana woman accused in the burning death of a 6-month-old boy.

News outlets report a judge said the trial for Felicia Smith would begin Jan. 19, 2021. Levi Cole Ellerbe died in July 2018 after being found with burns on 90% of his body.

Prosecutors say his mother asked Smith to kill the boy. Both Smith and the boy's mother are charged with first-degree murder.

The Alexandria Town Talk reports lawyers for Smith worked Tuesday to obtain DNA data from the state crime lab.

The judge had signed a subpoena for the evidence, but it hasn't been turned over.