The Richmond Register

November 15, 2013

Teen charged with murder requests stay in juvenile facility

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — The attorney for a teen charged with killing her infant sister has asked that her client remain in a juvenile facility after she turns 18.

Jessica Marcum, 17, appeared Thursday in Madison Circuit Court for a pretrial hearing. She is accused of smothering her 9-month-old sister, Bella Rose Marcum, which led to the child’s death June 11.

Marcum’s attorney said the juvenile detention facility in Fayette County has agreed to keep Marcum there while her case is pending, but Judge Jean C. Logue would need to sign off on the order.

Otherwise, Marcum will be transported to an adult jail facility upon her 18th birthday, which is “soon” the judge noted.

Logue did not immediately make a decision on the matter, but said she would consider it.

Marcum initially was charged as a juvenile, but a judge determined after the closed hearing that the teen should be tried as an adult. She was later indicted by a Madison grand jury on a charge of murder.

Marcum pleaded not guilty at her October arraignment.

Marcum is not eligible for the death penalty if convicted, however she could face a sentence of 20 to 50 years to life in prison.

Marcum’s attorney again asked Logue to consider lowering her client’s $100,000 bond, but Logue declined.

Marcum is scheduled for another pretrial hearing 1:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in Madison Circuit Court.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.