NW Ohio mom, accused of suffocating 3 sons, seeks to move trial

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) – The lawyer for an Ohio woman who authorities say suffocated her three sons because she was jealous of the attention her husband paid the boys wants her trial moved to another county.

Brittany Pilkington confessed to killing her 3-month-old son in August, a 4-year-old son in April and a baby son in July 2014, authorities said.

Her husband has pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexually assaulting her before they were married when she was a teenager.

Pilkington, 23, of Bellefontaine, pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder. Her trial is scheduled for March 7.

Her attorney, Marc Triplett, said in court filings that widespread media coverage would prevent a fair trial in Logan County, the Springfield News-Sun reported Tuesday.

Logan County Prosecutor Bill Goslee said the county can provide an impartial jury as much as any other in the state.

“I don’t know if you picked up and moved to another adjacent county or even an adjacent state that you’d ever get away from the publicity,” he said.

The defense also filed nearly 50 other motions, including to have the aggravated murder indictment dropped, to suppress evidence taken from an interview with prosecutors, and to remove the prosecutor from the case.

Triplett said an employee with the prosecutor’s office interrogated his client on Aug. 23 while she was incarcerated and without her lawyer. The employee created a conflict of interest by then making herself a witness for the prosecution, he said.

Goslee said evidence from the interview was not given to the grand jury and that they don’t plan to use those statements against her.

“It was solely about, ‘What was your relationship with Joe Pilkington and when did it begin?'” he said. “(Brittany Pilkington’s) a witness to us in respect to that interview. She was a victim witness.”

Joseph Pilkington had lived in his now wife’s home as a step-father figure when she was a minor and was charged with having a sexual relationship with her at the time.

The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify possible victims of sexual assault, but Pilkington’s name and image have been widely published.

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