Ohio woman accused of killing sons wants 3 trials, confession tossed
BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio— An Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three sons out of jealousy at the attention her husband gave them is asking a judge to toss her confession, split the case into three trials and remove the death penalty as a possibility.
The Dayton Daily News reports that lawyers for 23-year-old Brittany Pilkington filed six motions April 1. Prosecutors had 20 days to respond.
A judge previously denied removing the death penalty option. The new motion seeks a dismissal based on a January ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The defense is questioning the constitutionality of Ohio’s capital punishment laws.
Pilkington’s trial is scheduled to start in October.
The Bellefontaine woman pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated murder. Prosecutors say Pilkington confessed to the killings.