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Attorneys Withdraw From Murder Case

Attorneys Withdraw From Murder Case

Posted - Aug. 3, 2004 at 8:05 a.m.



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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) -- Attorneys for a woman charged with murder in the death of a toddler she was babysitting have withdrawn from the case, citing financial reasons.

Raynette Marian Olsen, 31, formerly of Layton, appeared at a hearing Monday with attorneys John T. Caine and Bill Morrison.

Olsen's family has attempted to come up with funds to pay the private attorneys.

"I feel really badly (about withdrawing)," Caine said. "I normally don't withdraw from cases, but economics were involved and the funding for the defense has not been met."

The judge will assign a public defender.

Olsen is charged in the death of 20-month-old Jordyn Marie Parker, whom she was baby-sitting Sept. 26, 2002.

Olsen called 911 and reported the child was having medical problems but then told dispatchers she was taking the child to the hospital. After Jordyn Marie arrived at the hospital, she was transported to Primary Children's Medical Hospital, where she died the following day.

Authorities said the child's death was due to Shaken Baby Syndrome.

"Raynette has maintained her complete innocence through this whole thing," Caine said.

Olsen was declared indigent in April 2003, and the state has paid for her defense expert witnesses.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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