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Trial in foster child's death delayed until April

Trial in foster child's death delayed until April

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PONTIAC — The trial of a former Cullom woman charged with murder in the 2011 death of a foster child has been delayed until April 21.

Livingston County Judge Mark Fellheimer on Monday granted a request for the later trial date by John Coghlan, the attorney representing Heather Lamie, 30, who is charged in the death of 4-year-old Kianna Rudesill, who suffered blunt trauma to her head.

Ford County Judge Stephen Pacey had scheduled the trial for Jan. 6. Pacey announced earlier this month that he is retiring at the end of the month.

During a Dec. 5 hearing, Coghlan told Pacey one of his expert witnesses would not be available for the Jan. 6 trial and suggested the trial be delayed until summer. Pacey said he would let the judge assigned to the case determine whether the trial would be delayed.

The case was assigned to Fellheimer on Dec. 11.

Lamie was indicted on two counts of murder and one count of endangering the life or health of a child in the May 2011 death of Rudesill, who was a foster child in the Lamie’s home at the time.


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