Hearing, evidence delayed to June 14

Published 10:03 pm Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The family of Mesha Wilson, the 22-year-old mother charged with capital murder, will have to wait a few more weeks before hearing some of the evidence tied to her arrest in connection with the death of her 6-month-old daughter.

Wilson was arrested Monday just days after her daughter, Janiyah, was pronounced dead at Vaughan Regional Medical Center.

Wilson did appear in court Wednesday, but instead of contesting the fact she is being held without bond, she was given a court-appointed lawyer, J. Garrison Thompson.

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The two met for the first time off to the side of the courtroom before telling Assistant District Attorney Lloria James they would wait until a preliminary hearing on June 14 before any evidence or any possibility of bond would be discussed.

The sad case began last Thursday when Wilson phoned 911 while driving; telling operators her daughter was having trouble breathing.

Operators told Wilson to pull off the road and await medical help. That help arrived moments later when Selma Police Officer Kenneth Keith arrived at the Shell Station on Broad Street and found Janiyah unresponsive and not breathing.

According to police reports, Keith administered CPR until paramedics arrived and rushed the child to Vaughan Regional Medical Center, where the infant was later pronounced dead.

District Attorney Michael Jackson on Monday said his office placed the capital murder charge on Wilson because of the age of the child at the time of her death.

Wilson will remain in the Dallas County Jail without bond.