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Rowland Scheduled for Court Appearance

Rowland Scheduled for Court Appearance



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(KSL News) She allegedly refused to get a C-section and now she's accused of murder. Melissa Ann Rowland is scheduled to be in court this morning.

Prosecutors say she killed her baby boy when she refused to follow the advice of several doctors, who told her she needed to get a C-section to keep one or both of her twins from dying.

One of the babies was stillborn. The other survived and was adopted.

Rowland has denied she was ever told she needed a C-section and denies she was ever told her baby would die.

Meantime, a judge has ordered protestors to stay away from Rowland's trial. The judge says the ban is necessary for Rowland to get a fair hearing.

Last week dozens of protestors rallied at Salt Lake's courthouse saying Rowland had the right to make her own decisions.

Rowland reportedly has a history of mental illness, and members of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill say she should get help, not punishment.

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