Alleged child abductor De’Edra Gibson will have one trial on allegations that she snatched four young boys in a month-long period.
But Gibson’s lawyer, Howard Thompson, told Justice Bernard Turner yesterday that he didn’t think joining the four cases was a good idea.
According to Thompson, this would cause the trial, which is scheduled to begin on July 20, 2020, to last seven to eight weeks.
Prosecutors say Gibson carried out the spree of bizarre kidnappings from February 16 to March 29, where little boys were picked up and later dropped off by a mystery woman.
Gibson was arrested and charged with abduction of an unmarried person, an offense that carries a maximum penalty of two years, in April.
Now Gibson faces a possible sentence of 10 years in prison since the charges were upgraded to child stealing in August.
Gibson is wearing an ankle monitor as a condition of her $20,000 bail. Thompson told the court that she is complying with an order to have regular psychiatric check-ups.
Anishka Pennerman appeared for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.