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Beggs mother tries again for new judge in murder case

Posted at 5:25 AM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 07:49:51-05

BEGGS, Okla. — Defense attorneys for a Beggs woman accused of killing two of her teenage children and shooting another will try a third time to get a new judge in the case.

Amy Hall's team has tried twice to get Judge Pandee Ramirez to recuse herself. Both times their motion has been denied.

Wednesday morning, a judge in Creek County will re-hear the defense's arguments as to why Judge Ramirezs hould step aside.

In a motion filed by the defense, attorneys cite a law saying a judge should disqualify themselves if they have any "personal bias or prejudice concerning a party or a party's lawyer or personal knowledge of facts that are in dispute..." or if they have previously presided over the matter in another court.

Court documents show the surviving 14-year old has been placed in the care of her father. She is seeking help from the courts saying she does not have a safe, stable home.

In a response to the defense's motion to recuse filed by the state Monday, the prosecutors said the child alleges her mother is incarcerated and her father has substance abuse issues.

Judge Ramirez is set to preside over that case as well and the defense said that is a conflict.

The state writes the defense is relying on rules to have the judge recused without any factual support. The response says the defense, when given the opportunity, did not present any testimony to support a personal bias by the judge.

The defense has also said they do not have access to any of the documents in the surviving child's case and will not know what information Judge Ramirez is privy to.

The state said that is incorrect and that the defense has not filed the proper petition to gain access to the information.

Hall's preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 8. It will determine if she will face trial.

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