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Woman to face death penalty in Las Vegas girl's slaying

Molly Waldron

Woman to face death penalty in Las Vegas girl's slaying

CREATED Mar. 6, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty in the case of a former blackjack dealer charged in the stabbing death of her ex-boyfriend's daughter and a face-slashing attack on a co-worker at a Las Vegas Strip casino.

An aide said Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson and prosecutors made the decision Wednesday in the case against Brenda Stokes Wilson.

Earlier, Stokes Wilson pleaded not guilty to killing 10-year-old Jade Morris on Dec. 21 and attacking former friend and co-worker Joyce Rhone with razors at the Bellagio casino.
 
A Clark County District Court judge scheduled trial in July. But the date will likely be delayed while Stokes Wilson is appointed lawyers from the Clark County special public defenders' office.
 
Stokes Wilson's current attorney, Tony Liker, told the judge he plans to withdraw from the case.

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