Judge Rules Zinah Jennings Competent to Stand Trial

8:02 PM, Aug 27, 2012   |    comments
Zinah Jennings appears in court on August 8, 2012.
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A judge has ruled the mother of a missing Columbia toddler competent to stand trial.

A jury of eight women, four men and four alternates were selected Monday to hear testimony in the case of Zinah Jennings. 

Jennings was in court Monday morning for the beginning of her trial on a charge of unlawful conduct toward a child.

A psychologist met with Jennings Monday morning, and concluded that she was mentally sound to begin the trial.

Jennings's son, Amir Jennings, was last seen around Thanksgiving.  Police say Jennings has given conflicting stories about the boy's whereabouts.

Jennings is pregnant with a second child and faces up to 10 years in prison if she's convicted.

Jury selection is expected to begin in the afternoon.




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