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After many delays, trial date set for Veva Virgil

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 22nd, 2013

After numerous delays, five years and two psychological evaluations, the Aptos woman accused of smothering her daughter in a Watsonville motel room in nearly five years ago appeared in court Tuesday, where Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Timothy Volkmann gave her an Oct. 28 trial date.

Veva Virgil, 41, has been in custody in Santa Cruz County Jail since her Nov. 16, 2008, arrest.

According to police, she checked into the Motel 6 on Silverleaf Drive on Nov. 15, 2008, and smothered Isabella Grace Martinez, who was then 3 1/2. Virgil told the court she believed she was saving her daughter from the world.

Hotel staff found the little girl’s body on the afternoon of Nov. 16. Virgil was arrested that night in San Jose.

Virgil, who reportedly suffers from schizophrenia, also told the court during a March 19 hearing that she had used crystal methamphetamine for four days before she took the girl to the hotel.

Virgil pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on Aug. 17, 2009, and has since undergone two psychological reports, both of which were delayed several times as her doctors asked for more time to complete them.

The results of those reports are unknown, and have been sealed by Judge Paul Burdick.

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