September 18, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - A witness in the trial of a woman accused of
killing her four daughters says the parents allowed two of the girls to smoke marijuana at the ages of 3 and 4.
LaShawn Ragland, a friend of Banita Jacks' boyfriend, testified in Jacks' murder trial on Monday.
Ragland told prosecutors that she once observed Jacks and boyfriend Nathaniel Fogle Jr. laughing as the two youngest girls, N'Kiah and Aja, smoked marijuana.
Fogle, who died in 2007, was their father.
U.S. Marshals discovered the four girls' decomposing bodies in January 2008 while serving an eviction in Jacks' southeast D.C. home.
Jacks has pleaded not guilty to charges of premeditated first-degree murder.
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