Jennifer Ewing appeared in court for mere minutes Friday morning to schedule the start of the trial centered on the death of her son.
Ewing appeared alongside her attorney Michael Atwell, who said he had spoken with Lisette Suder of the District Attorney’s Office. They agreed on a readiness and settlement conference date of Oct. 19 at 8:30 a.m., with the trial beginning on Nov. 6.
Judge Daniel B. Proud questioned why the dates could not be sooner, to which Atwell replied, “Neither of us can get all our stuff together.”
Deputy district attorney Katie Dobler, appearing on behalf of Suder, confirmed that the trial was still estimated to take 20 days to complete.
It is alleged that Ewing, 27, locked her son in his bedroom on the night of the fire that consumed their home, trapping him inside the house as it burned. Ewing stated in a Grand Jury testimony that she would lock her son, Sebastian, in his room when he misbehaved, but never in the evenings.
A Grand Jury transcript suggests Sebastian set the fire with a lighter hidden in his room. He had been punished for setting fire to furniture earlier in the day.
Sebastian, according to an autopsy report, died of smoke inhalation and fire-related injuries. In pre-trial documents, Ewing claimed that she had been asleep when the fire started. Due to the intensity of the fire, she was unable to rescue her son.