German grandmother facing possible death sentence

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Posted: Aug 16, 2012 5:37 PM
German grandmother facing possible death sentence

APALACHICOLA, Fla. (AP) — Lawyers for a 73-year-old German woman accused of drowning her 5-year-old grandson in a bathtub of a Florida Panhandle beach house say she was legally insane in part from injuries brought on by a World War II bombing raid.

Marianne Bordt is facing a possible death sentence if she is convicted of murder in the death of Camden Hiers in January 2010. Her lawyer contends she is not guilty by reason of insanity, due in part to wartime psychological damage.

The judge has encouraged lawyers to resolve the case, which has drawn international attention, by reaching a plea agreement. That could come at Bordt's next pretrial hearing Friday.

Her former son-in-law wants a trial. David Heirs says that's the only way he'll find out what happened to his only child and why.