Plea deal stalls in baby’s death; mom still jailed
Prosecutors first want to talk with the parents of a 22-year-old Alaska woman accused of killing her newborn baby in Grand Junction, before offering a plea deal in the case, according to a court hearing Monday.
Morgan Hite has been accused of hiding her newborn baby in a closet of her parents’ north Grand Junction home in February.
Several court hearings regarding a potential plea agreement in the case have been postponed as prosecutors and defense attorneys requested more time.
Hite, who is in custody on a $1 million bond for first-degree murder charges, appeared in court Monday for a brief hearing.
Mesa County District Judge Thomas Deister appeared annoyed, telling attorneys on both sides that if a plea agreement was not reached during the next hearing, he would set the case for trial.
Hite’s next scheduled hearing is Jan. 5.