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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The trial for a Syracuse woman accused of beating her stepdaughter to death has been postponed.
Angela Ray Andrews was scheduled to stand trial on first-degree felony murder in the death of 10-year-old Shelby Andrews.
The trial was postponed because her defense attorneys plan to file a motion that prosecutors say could determine the outcome of the case.
Her attorneys want to determine if a second count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child is part of a single criminal episode.
No new court dates have been set.
Shelby died after being forced into a linen closet. According to court documents, the girl's head previously had been shoved into a wall hard enough to break the drywall. Police responding to the scene said the girl had bruises all over her body.
The girl's father, 39-year-old Ryan Andrews, is serving 15 years to life in prison for his part in the slaying.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune
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