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Toddler murder suspect arraigned again
Andrea Renee Wilson signs a paper in court Monday morning. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
A woman accused of killing her 2-year-old cousin in her Riceboro home was re-arraigned Monday in jail court.
Andrea Renee Wilson and her boyfriend, Corey Brown, are each charged with two counts of murder, two counts of felony murder and two counts of cruelty to children for their alleged involvement in the death of Prince Davis Jr.
Wilson and Brown were originally arrested in January 2007 when EMS crews dispatched to Wilson’s home found the child unresponsive. The boy was later pronounced dead at Liberty Regional Medical Center. Initial autopsy reports revealed the child died of blunt force trauma and malnutrition. Davis had reportedly been in Wilson and Brown’s care for about 10 months. Authorities say they have very little information about the child’s mother.
Wilson was arraigned previously and was informed the state intended to seek the death penalty. She entered a plea of not guilty and was found mentally competent to stand trial after a mental evaluation in January 2008.
On Monday, Wilson appeared before Liberty County Superior Court Judge D. Jay Stewart and re-entered her not guilty plea. Liberty County Chief Investigator Jim Gray once again formally served Wilson with documents indicating the state’s intent to seek the death penalty. The first notice was served in April 2007.
Brown is facing the same charges and will be re-arraigned Monday before Judge Robert Russell III.
“The re-arraignment was due to the re-indictments of the case,” District Attorney Tom Durden said. “But at this point, I am unable to comment any further because under the rules of the court and the Georgia State Bar, I can’t comment on ongoing litigations.”
Durden said the state is trying to set a trial date and thinks the defendants will likely go to trial in early 2010.
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