Yokeia Smith http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Morning headlines: Friday, December 2, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-december-2-2011 <p><strong>STL&nbsp;area democrat files local control&nbsp;legislation</strong></p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 15:27:17 +0000 Julie Bierach, Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 2596 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, December 2, 2011 Judge: Mom unfit for trial in kids' shotgun deaths http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/judge-mom-unfit-trial-kids-shotgun-deaths <p>A southwestern Illinois woman <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-mother-charged-shotgun-killings-2-children?nopop=1">accused in the shotgun deaths of two of her children</a> has, for now, been deemed by a judge to be mentally unfit for trial.</p><p>St. Clair County Circuit Judge Milton Wharton ruled Thursday he accepts a report by a clinical psychologist who evaluated 25-year-old Yokeia Smith that the woman is unfit to face charges of first-degree murder.</p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 22:38:53 +0000 The Associated Press 2592 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Judge: Mom unfit for trial in kids' shotgun deaths East St. Louis mom accused in kids' shotgun deaths apologizes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-mom-accused-kids-shotgun-deaths-apologizes <p>A woman <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-mother-charged-shotgun-killings-2-children?nopop=1">accused in the shotgun deaths of two of her children</a> says in a jailhouse letter to a judge she was hearing voices the day of the killings and is &quot;truly sorry.&quot;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.bnd.com/2011/11/21/1950157/accused-child-killer-will-be-evaluated.html">Belleville News-Democrat reports</a> 25-year-old Yokeia Smith told St. Clair County Circuit Judge Milton Wharton she believed police were after her even before the Aug. 31 killings.</p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 18:12:26 +0000 The Associated Press 2517 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org East St. Louis mom accused in kids' shotgun deaths apologizes Woman accused of killing 2 children with shotgun denied bond http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/woman-accused-killing-2-children-shotgun-denied-bond <p>A judge in southwestern Illinois has denied bond for a woman accused of <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-mother-charged-shotgun-killings-2-children?nopop=1">killing two of her children with a shotgun last month</a>.</p><p>Associate St. Clair County Judge Julie Katz entered a not guilty plea on behalf of 25-year-old Yokeia Smith during a brief arraignment Friday. Katz also appointed a public defender to represent the East St. Louis woman. No new court appearance was scheduled.</p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 17:39:21 +0000 The Associated Press 2066 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Woman accused of killing 2 children with shotgun denied bond