The mother and stepfather of a 15-year-old Eugene girl who died last week have been formally indicted on charges of aggravated murder.
EUGENE — The mother and stepfather of a 15-year-old Eugene girl who died last week have been formally indicted on charges of aggravated murder.
Lawyers entered not guilty pleas Wednesday on behalf of Richard and Angela McAnulty at a Lane County Circuit Court hearing that took place shortly before a public memorial for Jeanette Maples in nearby Springfield.
The Lane County district attorney's office has not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty against one or both of the McAnultys.
In separate indictments returned late Tuesday by a Lane County grand jury, both McAnultys were accused of recklessly causing the girl's death by neglect and maltreatment and as a result of intentional maiming and torture. Angela McAnulty was also charged with tampering with physical evidence.
Prosecutor Erik Hasselman declined to elaborate on the evidence-tampering charge, The Register-Guard reported.
The teen was rushed from the family home to a hospital on Dec. 9 after a 911 caller reported she wasn't breathing. Medics found her injured and unconscious in a bathtub. She died later that night.
Investigators have offered few details and autopsy results have not been released.
Hasselman said he doesn't expect that information to become public before pretrial hearings.
"We're concerned about (the McAnultys') ability to get a fair trial in Lane County," he said.
About 100 people, including relatives, friends, classmates, former teachers, even people who met the girl at the hospital the night she died, attended the memorial, KVAL reported.
"The final place I would use my wings to go to is to go really high and even higher to heaven," Dianne Rush read from one of Jeanette's writings. "I would visit the angels and I would visit my grandma Nancy and everyone else in the family ... and after I would go to Hawaii and France and Portugal and the beautiful heaven. I would use my wings to fly home."
A slide show offered photos of Jeanette growing up.
Angela McAnulty, 41, was represented Wednesday by Baker City attorney Ken Hadley and Salem attorney Steven Krasik. Richard McAnulty, 42, was represented by Tualatin attorney Mark Rader and Silverton attorney Gordon Mallon. All four handle death penalty cases under contract with the state Office of Public Defense Services.
Judge Debra Vogt did not set trial dates but said the defendants' cases have been assigned to separate judges.
Two half-siblings of the dead girl — a 5-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl — have been placed in protective custody.
-The Associated Press