Teen charged in mother’s death seeks new trial location

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MAGNOLIA, Miss. (AP) — A teenage defendant in Mississippi wants the location of her pending February murder trial changed.

Amariyona Hall is charged in the death of her mother, Ericka Hall, 32, who was killed in 2019.

Hall was just 14 at the time of her mother’s death in southwest Mississippi’s Pike County.

Investigators said the teen and her 12-year-old sister stabbed and shot their mother. Amariyona Hall is being charged as an adult.

Hall’s defense team said the location of the trial should be shifted away from Pike County because jurors there would be prejudiced against her because of the publicity the murder received.

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