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Trial set for daycare defendants


July 19, 2018

PORTALES — Sandi and Mary Taylor appeared with their attorney Tuesday during a short hearing in preparation for their five-day jury trial scheduled in two months.

The mother-daughter pair are each accused of leaving two young children in a hot car last summer while operating their (subsequently shuttered) Portales daycare. One child died and another was hospitalized with severe injuries.

In a pretrial conference of about five minutes, District Attorney Andrea Reeb told Judge Donna Mowrer there were no outstanding motions and that all witness interviews and discovery were completed. It’s all a go for trial starting with jury selection Sept. 20-21.

Reeb told Tye Harmon, the Taylors’ attorney, to contact her in advance of trial if he is interested in a plea resolution. Harmon indicated he was still preparing for trial and suggested “a brief setting before trial” for a witness issue he might address in the coming weeks.

Reeb later told The News that a plea before trial was “never out of the question,” and Harmon did not immediately respond to interview requests Tuesday after the hearing.

Mowrer noted it was an “important case to many individuals” and said she expected spectators even for the jury selection portion.

The trial is scheduled for Sept. 24-28, according to court records.


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