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Trial set for Salem woman

June 4, 2008
LISBON — A new trial date of Sept. 23 has been set for a Salem woman charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2007 death of her elderly mother.

Robin Jackson, 47, of 1049 E. Third St., had her motion granted last week for a continuation of the trial which was slated to begin June 17. A status hearing set for June 9 has also been cancelled, with a new date of Sept. 8 set for the final hearing before trial.

The court appointed Douglas King as Jackson’s new attorney.Jackson had requested court-appointed counsel after her privately-hired legal team asked to be removed from the case on her behalf since she couldn’t come up with the money needed for her defense, which would include the expense of expert witnesses.

She was indicted last year for involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, and failing to provide for a functionally impaired person, a fourth-degree felony, for allegedly causing the March 6, 2007 death of her mother, 70-year-old Shirley Nutter, due to a lack of necessary care.

Nutter was living in the Third Street residence with Jackson and Jackson’s two grown sons at the time of her death.

Court documents alleged specifically that Jackson failed to provide her mother with “proper medical treatment, hygiene, care, nutritional needs, and other services necessary to maintain the health or safety of Shirley Nutter, and ultimately leading to her untimely death.”

The other charge alleged that on or about 2006 continuing through March 2007, Jackson was her mother’s caretaker and failed to provide proper care.

If convicted, Jackson could face up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine for the manslaughter charge and a term of 12 to 18 months and fine of $5,000 for the other charge.

Jackson remains out of jail on a $50,000 recognizance bond.



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