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Psychiatric evaluations ordered for exorcism murder suspects

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 01:02

Jan. 22 - Two Maryland women accused of killing two young children in an exorcism make their first court appearance. Linda So reports.

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It's a disturbing case that has shaken this Maryland neighborhood. 28-year-old Zakieka Avery is accused of stabbing and killing her two youngest children and trying to kill the two older ones in an exorcism. The mother's friend, 21-year-old Monifa Sanford is also charged with the murders. On Tuesday, the women made their first court appearance via closed circuit TV. Avery has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The same has been recommended for Sanford. SOUNDBITE: MONTGOMERY COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY JOHN MCCARTHY, SAYING: "It was the state's request that she be transferred immediately to Clifton T. Perkins Hospital for us to get an immediate evaluation of her psychiatric condition." Police say the women murdered Avery's one-year-old daughter and two-year-old son because they believe the children were demon possessed. SOUNDBITE: MONTGOMERY COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY JOHN MCCARTHY, SAYING: "Both defendants allege the demon lept from the body of the last child into Ms. Avery and then attacked Ms. Sanford who did suffer some fairly substantial injuries herself." The women have been ordered to remain in jail until their next court date. If convicted, both women could face life in prison.

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Psychiatric evaluations ordered for exorcism murder suspects

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 01:02