BELLEFONTAINE — A three week period has been cleared to try a mother accused of smothering her three kids.
The case against Brittany Pilkington is set now to begin on March 18 and last until April 5. The trial date has been continued numerous times. Most recently, the trial was supposed to start in early January.
Brittany Pilkington is charged with three counts of aggravated murder in Logan County Common Pleas Court. She is accused of killing infant Niall in July 2014, 4-year-old Gavin in April 2015 and infant Noah on Aug. 18, 2015. 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.
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.
A hearing is scheduled for the case to take place on Dec. 12.