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Stuart Defense Accuse Misconduct

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PASCO, Wash.- Attorneys representing a woman about to go on trial for murder accuse the Franklin County prosecutor and jail corrections officers of misconduct.

The county jail captain Thursday wheeled into court a large sack of materials removed from Tashia Stuart's cell in March. Corrections officers testified Stuart's cell overflowed with books, papers, socks, and other clothes exceeding the amount permitted. Officers say they also found a plastic, disposable razor only issued to male inmates.

Stuart's attorneys say during the search officers also removed legal pads, letters and other materials connected to her defense. Her lawyers suggested to the judge someone might have read the materials, violating attorney client privilege.

Stuart shot and killed her adoptive mother, Judy Hebert, in her Pasco home in March 2011. Stuart claims self defense.

Her trial is scheduled to begin in June.

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