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WASHINGTON – A D.C. woman convicted of killing her four daughters and living with their decomposing bodies for months returns to court Friday for a hearing on her refusal to use an insanity defense.

Banita Jacks was found guilty in July of the four murders. She faces life in prison and had been scheduled to be sentenced Friday.

But defense lawyers are still questioning Jacks’ refusal to use an insanity defense and asking the judge to appoint an independent counsel to investigate.

Prosecutors oppose the request, and a U.S. attorney’s office spokesman says the judge is now expected to hear arguments on the issue Friday. It’s unclear whether the sentencing will also go forward.

U.S. Marshals discovered the bodies of Jacks’ daughters — ages 5 to 16 — in January 2008 when they came to evict her.


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