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PHOENIX -- A Phoenix judge has delayed setting a trial date for a woman accused in her missing 5-year-old daughter's death.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Martin ruled Friday that he'll give Jerice Hunter's new attorneys more time to review evidence.

KPHO-TV says Hunter's pretrial conference now is scheduled for April 15.

Hunter's previous attorney withdrew from the case last month, claiming he hadn't been paid.

The 38-year-old Hunter was arrested in September. She has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and child abuse.

Glendale police claim Jhessye (jesse) Shockley was killed and her body put in a Tempe trash bin before Hunter reported her daughter missing on Oct. 11, 2011.

A 96-day search at a Phoenix-area landfill ended last June without finding the girl's remains.


Information from: KPHO-TV,

Associated Press,

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