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Phien Sisouvanh Pleads Not Guilty For Killing Woman And Cutting Her Baby Out

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Phien Sisouvanh pleaded not guilty on Thursday, at the Justice Center in Kennewick.

Sisouvanh's new lawyer is Mike Iaria from Seattle. Now the prosecuting attorney, Andy Miller has 30 days to decide on death penalty charges for Sisouvanh.

Iaria also told the judge Sisouvanh's former lawyer Chris Swaby has dropped this case. For the first time we finally heard from Phien Sisouvanh. She said she was going to miss having Swaby as a lawyer.

"He's a good lawyer, that's what I'm trying to say, yeah. He's understandable and I'm sure Dan and Mike is the same way too, that's just what I'm trying to say," said Phien Sisouvanh.

Front and center at the arraignment today was the victim's husband, Juan Campos Gomez. Gomez was given a headset, so he could listen to a translation of the hearing in Spanish from his interpreter. A trial date of August 25th was set.

 

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