Arraignment delayed in NC stepdaughter's death

September 12, 2011 - 3:00 PM

NEWTON, N.C. (AP) — A hearing in the case of a North Carolina woman accused of killing her 10-year-old disabled stepdaughter has been postponed after attorneys spoke with the judge.

Lawyers appearing in Catawba County Superior Court Monday said they had spoken with Judge Timothy Kincaid, who agreed to move the hearing to Wednesday morning.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers for 43-year-old Elisa Baker wouldn't explain the reason for the delay.

Kincaid was to choose a venue for the trial of Baker, who's charged with second-degree murder in the death of her stepdaughter, Zahra. Zahra's case captured attention around the world after the little girl with a prosthetic leg disappeared last fall.

Authorities say Baker dismembered Zahra's body to cover up her killing. She could face up to 30 years in prison if she's convicted.