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Woman charged with murder after driving into party, killing young siblings

A Michigan woman was charged with two counts of second-degree murder Tuesday, three days after she crashed her SUV into a child's birthday party while allegedly intoxicated, killing two young siblings and injuring several others.

Marshella Marie Chidester, 66, appeared in a striped jail uniform with her right arm in a splint during an emotional arraignment in Monroe County, Mich. Throughout the 25-minute hearing, several of the victims' family members angrily interjected as her defense attorney argued against the bond requested by prosecutors. The judge ultimately agreed with the prosecution, ordering that she be held in jail on a $1.5 million bond.

The court entered a not guilty plea for Chidester, who faces two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of 8-year-old Alanah Phillips and her 4-year-old brother, Zayn Phillips. Chidester also was charged with two counts of operating while intoxicated causing death and four counts of operating while intoxicated causing injury.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2024/04/23/marshella-chidester-charges-michigan-dui-crash/

 

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