Murder trial to begin in teen's drowning

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A first-degree murder trial is expected to begin in Franklin County for an Arkansas woman accused of drowning her 14-year-old niece in a bathtub in 1999.

Fifty-2-year-old Wanda Richart's trial is set to begin Monday in the Ozark killing of 14-year-old Christina Richart.

Richart's husband, 54-year-old Charles Richart, was charged with being an accomplice to first-degree murder, but Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons says Charles Richart pleaded guilty last week to hindering apprehension. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Wanda Richart already has been convicted in federal court of lying to the FBI and conspiracy.

The couple was charged in Circuit Court in January 2009 in connection with the teen's death.

The girl's body has never been recovered.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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