Woman who buried baby in back yard wants new trial

Ashley C. Wilkins next to her home on Swansea Drive.
Ashley C. Wilkins next to her home on Swansea Drive.

Ashley Wilkins, convicted of abuse of a corpse in connection with burying her newborn in her backyard, has filed a motion for a new trial.

In an 11-point motion, her attorney, Jeff Deen, argues that there was insufficient evidence presented at the trial to support the verdict rendered. Dean also claims there were errors by the court in jury instructions.

One of the 11 reasons the defense argues for a new trial is that they claim the court should not have overruled the defendant’s motion for acquittal because the prosecution did not prove Wilkins meant any harm by burying her stillborn child in her back yard.

Last Thursday, Judge John Lockett sentenced her to 10 years in a state prison, which was suspended down to three years on supervised probation. Wilkins will not serve any jail time unless she breaks any protocol in her probation.

 No date has been set for a hearing on the motion.

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