Brittany Pilkington

Trial date set again for Bellefontaine mom accused of killing sons

The case against Brittany Pilkington, 27, in Logan County Common Pleas Court has slowly moved through the judicial system. She was first charged with aggravated murder in 2015. She is accused of smothering infant Niall in July 2014, 4-year-old Gavin in April 2015 and infant Noah on Aug. 18, 2015.

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Her new trial date is set for Sept. 23 beginning at 9 a.m. and is expected to last two weeks. This is at least the fifth time a trial date has been set in the case.

If convicted, she could face the death penalty.

Pilkington was 23 when she was charged with the crimes.

Pilkington’s attorneys and the Logan County Prosecutor’s Office have been in legal battles surrounding the evidence of the case. Numerous appeals have been filed causing the case to move slowly through the court system.

For instance, Lawyers for Pilkington had requested that her statements to police after the death of her third son in August 2015 be suppressed because they argued her rights were violated in the interview and they said she didn’t understand the context of her discussion with police.

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Also, prosecutors had requested Pilkington be forced to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after her lawyers submitted she had brain damage. Her defense attorneys argued that she shouldn’t have to do so, but an appeals court ruled against them.

The defense attorneys attempted to appeal that ruling to the Ohio Supreme Court but the court elected to not take the case.

Another pretrial hearing is set for July 25 in the case.

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