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Palisade mom's trial delayed until January

By Associated Press
Published On: Oct 23 2013 10:53:41 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 23 2013 11:00:20 AM CDT

Mesa County Sheriff's Office

Heather Jensen

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -

The trial of a woman whose two sons died after being left in a running sport utility vehicle on Grand Mesa is being delayed as her lawyers pursue an appeal before the Colorado Supreme Court.

Heather Jensen of Palisade had been scheduled to go on trial next week but on Tuesday Judge Valerie Robison agreed to delay it until Jan. 21.
    
The coroner ruled that the boys died of overheating last November and that their deaths were accidental.
    
The Daily Sentinel  reports that the judge has barred an official from referring to the deaths as accidental during the trial. Jensen's lawyers want the Supreme Court to allow that testimony.
    
Jensen has pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminally negligent homicide and fatal child abuse.

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