San Francisco mother will not face death penalty
in triple murder case
Bay City News Service
June 3, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The office of San Francisco District
Attorney Kamala Harris will not pursue the death penalty in its
prosecution of a woman accused of throwing her three children
to their deaths in San Francisco Bay.
Harris' office reported yesterday that Lashuan Harris, 23, of
Oakland would face life in prison without parole if she were convicted
of the murders.
After a preliminary hearing, San Francisco Superior Court Judge
Teri Jackson ruled on May 25 that Lashuan Harris should stand
trial in the killings.
"Facts were presented at the preliminary hearing that were
previously unavailable to the district attorney's office due to
legal privileges,'' Debbie Mesloh, a district attorney's spokeswoman,
said in a statement today. "After reviewing all the information,
the office decided that the appropriate punishment to seek is
life in prison.''
Harris' public defender has said she is mentally ill and qualifies
for an insanity defense.
Trayshaun Harris, 6, Taronta Greeley Jr., 2, and 16-month-old
Joshua Greeley died on Oct. 19. Their mother is scheduled to appear
in court again on Thursday morning.
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