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By: Lynn LaRowe - Texarkana Gazette
A pretrial hearing slated Monday for the teen girl accused of stabbing a Redwater, Texas, mother and her two children to death last spring has been rescheduled.
Rachel Pittman, 17, did not appear before 202nd District Judge Leon Pesek though the judge did address her case. Pesek said Pittman will return to court later this month for a hearing at which the subject of who will defend her will be addressed.
Pittman was represented by Longview attorneys Scrappy Holmes and Tonda Curry following her arrest Aug. 13 and through the process of certification to stand trial as an adult, which occurred Jan. 31.
But at her arraignment hearing in February, Pittman did not have a private attorney and Pesek appointed the public defenderâs office to handle her case. But Pesek stated in open court at the February hearing that Holmes and Curry may not be out of the case.
The last document filed in Pittmanâs case is a motion for discovery penned by Chief Public Defender Rick Shumaker.
Pesek said Pittmanâs next pretrial hearing will address,â...the issue of designation of counsel.â
Pittman is charged with capital murder of multiple persons involving the deaths of Amanda Doss, 34, and Guinevere Doss, 11, and with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 8-year-old Texas Johnson.
She has pleaded not guilty.
Adults found guilty of capital murder face life without the possibility of parole or death by lethal injection.
However, Texas law provides a different punishment for certified juveniles convicted of capital murder. Pittman was 16 at the time of the alleged murders and faces a maximum of life in prison with parole eligibility after 40 years. First-degree murder is punishable by five to 99 years or life in a Texas prison.
Pittman is being held in the Bi-State Justice Building. Bail is set at $3 million.
Pittman has been in custody since her mother contacted authorities in August claiming to have information about the case.
Pittman allegedly used a knife to end the lives of the family before setting their home on Farm to Market Road 991 ablaze in the early morning hours of May 11.
Court documents allege Pittman planned the murders and provided investigators with specific details only someone present at the scene of the killings could have known.
Pesek has not yet scheduled the case for trial.