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Detroit mom says she wants to plead guilty to killing 2 kids
By ED WHITE Associated Press
Published June 24, 2015
 Mitchelle Blair is led out of the court room by Wayne County Sheriff deputies after an outburst of screaming during a custody hearing before Wayne County Circuit Judge Edward Joseph on June 4 in Detroit. (Clarence Tabb Jr. / Detroit News via AP)

Mitchelle Blair is led out of the court room by Wayne County Sheriff deputies after an outburst of screaming during a custody hearing before Wayne County Circuit Judge Edward Joseph on June 4 in Detroit. (Clarence Tabb Jr. / Detroit News via AP)

A Detroit woman accused of killing two of her children and storing their bodies in her home freezer told a judge on Friday that she wants to plead guilty as soon as possible and would accept the death penalty if Michigan had one.

Mitchelle Blair, 36, said she doesn’t need more time to think about a defense.

“I’m already saying I did it. … I’m not changing my mind. I’m not changing anything,” Blair told a judge in 36th District Court.

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She is charged with first-degree murder, torture and child abuse. The bodies of a 13-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son were discovered in a home freezer during an eviction in March. The children died months apart in 2012 and 2013.

Judge Kenneth King, noting evaluations by experts, said Blair was competent to stand trial. She then waived her right to a hearing to determine whether there’s enough evidence to send the case to trial in a higher court.

If Michigan had the death penalty, “I would take that,” Blair told King. “I don’t care.”

King said the next hearing would be June 26 in Wayne County Circuit Court.

“We want this to be done very carefully. … These are very unusual circumstances that someone would plead on the nose to first-degree murder,” King said.

A conviction carries life in prison with no chance for parole.

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It’s not the first time that Blair has admitted guilt. She has made outbursts during separate hearings about custody of two other children.

Outside court, defense attorney Wyatt Harris said Blair wants to show her 8-year-old son that she’s taking responsibility.

“My client wishes to plead guilty to first-degree murder. That’s the end of the conversation,” Harris said.

 

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