A hearing in the case of a North Carolina woman accused of killing her 10-year-old disabled stepdaughter has been postponed after attorneys spoke with the judge.
Lawyers appearing in Catawba County Superior Court Monday said they had spoken with Judge Timothy Kincaid, who agreed to move the hearing to Wednesday morning. Prosecutors and defense lawyers for 43-year-old Elisa Baker wouldn't explain the reason for the delay.
Kincaid was to choose a venue for the trial of Baker, who's charged with second-degree murder in the death of her stepdaughter, Zahra. Zahra's case captured attention around the world after the little girl with a prosthetic leg disappeared last fall.
Authorities say Baker dismembered Zahra's body to cover up her killing. She could face up to 30 years in prison if she's convicted.
Zahra's scattered remains of the girl were found last November after a massive search for her. The girl was reported missing by her father on Oct. 9.
Elisa Baker was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice last year after she allegedly confessed to writing a fake ransom note and leaving it on one of the family's vehicles.
Elisa Baker allegedly told police that Zahra died on Sept. 24, two weeks before she was reported missing, and that her husband, Adam Baker, the girl's father, dismembered the girl. She said her husband dumped the girl's body parts in several locations around the state.
Adam Baker has not been charged in connection with the death of his daughter.
The Associated Press contributed to this report