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Cirella Scheduled to Appear Tuesday in Court

Regularly scheduled "conference" between lawyers is not expected to produce major development.

Cirella Scheduled to Appear Tuesday in Court Cirella Scheduled to Appear Tuesday in Court

, the Plainview mother accused of second-degree murder in the July, 2011 death of her 8-year-old daughter, is scheduled for a routine court appearance Tuesday.

The appearance, known as a "conference" is between the lawyers on both sides to discuss new developments and the status of the case. The conference is conducted in private usually in front of a judge's clerk.

No major developments are expected to result from Tuesday's procedings, a spokesman for the Nassau County District Attorney's office said.

Cirella is represented by Attorney William Keahon, who has questioned the validity of the indictment accusing the 31-year-old Plainview mother of murder based on what he said was a lack of evidence in the autopsy report.

Cirella was ordered held without bail on the new charges that could result in a life sentence. She was originally charged with manslaughter. Kehon managed to get those after the District Attorney's office could not prosecute the case in the required amount of time.

In court papers, Cirella told police that, after discovering her child dead, the mother attempted suicide by taking injections of insulin and then drinking it along with a unspecified amount of painkillers.

The girl was discovered by her grandmother, Dolores Cirella, who was living with Veronica and Julie Cirella in their Shelly Road home. Delores was checking on the child's whereabouts; Julie was to be a flower girl in a wedding that July Saturday afternoon.


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