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Judge sets arraignment date for Elisa Baker

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By MITCH WEISS
Associated Press

HICKORY, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina judge says a woman charged in the death of her 10-year-old disabled stepdaughter will be arraigned in September, but first he will hear a motion about moving the trial because of publicity.

Catawba County Judge Timothy Kincaid set the court date Thursday during a hearing for 43-year-old Elisa Baker. She faces a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Zahra Baker, the freckle-faced Australian girl who had a prosthetic leg and hearing aids because of her fight with bone cancer.

Authorities say Baker dismembered the girl's body to cover up her killing.

Baker's lawyer Scott Reilly filed a motion this week to move the trial to another county. But Prosecutor Jay Gaither says he'll be able to seat an impartial jury from Catawba County.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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