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Hearing date set in grisly murder case

The Associated Press

YERINGTON, Nev. (AP) – The findings of a psychiatric evaluation ordered for a woman accused of killing her niece and her niece’s unborn baby will be discussed during an April 5 hearing in Yerington.

Erin Rae Kuhn faces a possible death sentence if convicted of the June killings at a Fernley motel room.

Prosecutors allege the 31-year-old emergency room technician suffocated Kathaleena Louisa Draper, 17, after Draper allegedly backed out of an agreement to let her aunt adopt her unborn baby.

According to authorities, Kuhn surgically removed the baby from Draper’s abdomen with a kitchen knife, then dumped the baby’s remains beside a road south of Fernley.

Kuhn was arrested in Sacramento after Draper’s body was found along a road there.

Her lawyers, Tod Young and Michael Roeser, requested the psychiatric evaluation in January after Kuhn reportedly twice tried to kill herself while in jail.

On Monday, District Attorney Leon Aberasturi said the findings of the evaluation would be part of next month’s hearing.

Depending on the report, District Judge Archie Blake at that time also may arraign Kuhn and set a trial date, Aberasturi said.

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