DC woman accused of killing 4 daughters, living with decomposing bodies, to stand trial

DC mom accused of killing 4 girls to go on trial

WASHINGTON — A Washington woman accused of killing her four daughters and living with their decomposing bodies for nearly seven months is set to go on trial Monday.

The bodies were discovered in January 2008 when marshals arrived at Banita Jacks’ southeast Washington home to carry out an eviction. Authorities said the girls had been dead since the summer of 2007.

Investigators concluded that one of the girls had been stabbed, another had been strangled and beaten and the other two were strangled.

Jacks will go before a judge, not a jury, after requesting a bench trial. Her attorneys have expressed frustration with that choice. They’ve also complained that the 35-year-old has repeatedly refused to meet with them.


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