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Mother accused of murdering 8 year old pleads not guilty

Mary R. Zumwalt-Jophlin Mary R. Zumwalt-Jophlin
Alexus Smothers, 8, was found dead in the basement of this West Frankfort home on July 19. Alexus Smothers, 8, was found dead in the basement of this West Frankfort home on July 19.
Alexus Smothers Alexus Smothers
WEST FRANKFORT, IL (KFVS) -

A mother accused of killing her 8-year-old daughter, then hiding her body pleaded not guilty.

Mary Zumwalt-Jophlin walked into a Franklin County courtroom Tuesday morning and waived her right to a speedy trial.

Recently, a Franklin County grand jury indicted Zumwalt-Jophlin on three charges, including murder.

Prosecutors claim she used her hands, water, or a combination of both to kill her daughter back in July.

Police found the girl in a basement crawl space in her West Frankfort home.

Zumwalt-Jophlin is being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $2 million bond.

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