Separate Trials Ordered in Starvation Case

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Separate trials have been ordered for two women accused in the starvation death of a 4-year-old boy.

Scott County Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon issued the order Friday.

Gordon ruled Janice Mowdy was competent to stand trial and rescheduled her trial for Oct. 19. A separate hearing for Stephanie Bell will be held later. The women's trial was previously set for July 20.

The women were indicted in April for capital murder in the death of Austin Watkins. The women have each pleaded not guilty. They remain in the Scott County jail.

Watkins was found dead at his home near Ludlow on Nov. 9, 2008. He was the grandchild of Mowdy and nephew to Bell.


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  • by Loretta Bennett Location: Meridian on Jun 13, 2009 at 05:02 AM
    I think if you cut open both of these over weighted monstors;you'll probably find even more bodies on the inside of the both of them.I never seen so much fat around one person neck before.Do they even speal english!?
  • by Greg Location: Meridian on Jun 12, 2009 at 08:45 PM
    These two piles of human waste need to receive the worst possible sentence and should never have the opportunity for parole. There true judgement will come when they have to answer for the sins they committed against that poor child.
  • by Holly Location: Meridian on Jun 12, 2009 at 05:46 PM
    This is just sick to see people do this to a child. I hope they put both of them under the jail. You can certainly tell neither of THEM have missed a meal.
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