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Attorney files notice of intent to rely on the insanity defense for Kimberly Lucas

Posted: 11:03 AM, Oct 24, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-25 02:30:40Z
Insanity defense likely in Kimberly Lucas trial

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- There was a court hearing Monday for the woman accused of drowning her former partner's 2-year-old child in Jupiter two years ago.

The attorney for Kimberly Lucas filed a notice of intent to rely on the insanity defense.

The defense also asked for more time to file additional motions related to the death penalty in the case.

Prosecutors say, in addition to killing Jacquelyn Jamason's 2-year-old daughter in 2014, Lucas also attempted to kill the woman's 10-year-old son.
 
Jamason expressed her frustration over the legal process and the uncertainty surrounding the state's death penalty.
 
“There's a lot of talk about the law's being unconstitutional in the state of Florida, and how many jurors have to vote for it to pass. But I just wish, especially during an election season, we're not hearing anything about this,” Jamason said.

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that a jury must reach a unanimous decision in order to impose the death penalty.

 Attorney General Pam Bondi wants the court to clarify the ruling that she warns could shut down murder cases across the state.

The trial for Lucas is on schedule to begin on Jan. 26.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.