Hunter's attorney speaks about arrest in Jhessye Shockley case

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by Crystal Cruz

azfamily.com

Posted on September 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Updated Saturday, Sep 8 at 9:00 AM

PHOENIX -- Jerice Hunter was back in court Thursday night.

Hunter’s attorney, Scott Maasen, was by her side.

She faces first-degree murder and child abuse charges.

Hunter’s accused of killing her daughter, in Glendale, last year.

Maasen was surprised by the arrest.

“I think she was doing fairly well considering the circumstances of having a SWAT team arrive at your house and being taken to jail and put through that process,” said Maasen.

It's been 11 months since Jhessye Shockley, 5, disappeared.

Since then Hunter was arrested for child abuse related to her daughter’s disappearance. But the charges were later dropped.

Maasen has requested to see the evidence against his client, but so far nothing.

“Now that there's a court process, there are rules in place and that information has to be shared and I look forward to seeing that shortly," said Massen

Officers with the Glendale Police Department searched a landfill for Shockley’s body after getting a tip the child was dumped in the trash.

The search was unsuccessful.

Prosecutors are confident they have enough evidence to move forward without the child’s body.

They could seek the death penalty.

“She's professed to me from day one, when I first met her back in November, that she is innocent. That she has nothing to do with this case or the disappearance of her daughter.  She loves her daughter.  She loves her kids," said Massen

Hunter has been living in an apartment in Mesa for several months. On Friday, there was an eviction notice on the door, for not paying rent.

Hunter's secured bond was set at $500,000. She will have to come up with the half-million dollars to get out of jail.

Maasen is trying to have the bond reduced.

If that happens, Hunter could be released late September or early October while her case heads toward trial

Jhessye Shockley's mother arrested for 1st degree murder, child abuse
 

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