Prosecutors rule out death penalty in starvation case
HUNTSVILLE (AP) — Prosecutors told a judge they won’t seek the death penalty against Natashay Ward, who faces trial in the starvation deaths of her three children in 2005.
Ward’s attorneys will ask a jury Feb. 12 to determine if the Huntsville woman is mentally competent to stand trial.
A grand jury indicted Ward last February in the deaths of Christopher O. Ward, 8; Latrica L. Ward, 9; and Shanieka Y. Ward, 11.
Their bodies were discovered Feb. 4, 2005, in Ward’s southwest Huntsville apartment.
Ward pleaded not guilty to the charges in April because of mental disease or defect.
Madison County Circuit Judge Loyd H. Little Jr. asked the prosecutors during a hearing last week to notify the court by Friday if they would seek the death penalty.
Prosecutors, who filed the motion late Friday afternoon, could not be reached for comment.
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