EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – A judge on Monday ordered a psychological examination for a woman accused of killing a pregnant acquaintance and her fetus.
Tiffany Hall, 24, looked sullen as she appeared at an arraignment hearing via video conference from the St. Clair County Jail, where she is being held on a $5 million bond.
Prosecutors say she killed Jimella Tunstall, 23, and her fetus, which had been cut from Tunstall's womb.
St. Clair County Associate Judge Heinz Rudolph entered not guilty pleas on Hall's behalf on charges of first-degree murder and intentional homicide of an unborn child.
According to authorities, Hall told police she also drowned Tunstall's three children — ages 7, 2 and 1 — and stuffed them into a washer and dryer at the apartment they shared with their mother.
Hall has not been charged in the children's deaths.
Police have not offered a possible motive.
Rudolph asked Hall whether she planned to hire a private attorney or needed a public defender. She replied simply: "I don't know."
Rudolph then appointed public defender Randy Kelley as her attorney. He granted Kelley's requests for a psychological evaluation and that Hall be segregated from the rest of the inmates for her protection.