October 24, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A former daycare worker has entered a plea to
second-degree murder in the March 1997 death of a 14-month-old girl
in Las Vegas.
In entering the Alford plea on Thursday in district court, Alica Wegner did not admit guilt, but acknowledged the state could prove the felony charge against her.
The plea stems from the death of Kierra Harrison from massive head trauma. Wegner, who had cared for Kierra two days before she died, was charged in the killing.
The 44-year-old Wegner was facing a retrial at the end of this month.
Wegner was convicted in 1998 of first-degree murder and
sentenced to life in prison with parole possible after 20 years.
But the Nevada Supreme Court overturned the conviction in 2000 and granted her a new trial.