TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) -- Martha White, the woman charged with 1st degree murder for the stabbing death of her young grandson, Mason Rhinehart, in August 2014, was in court Wednesday.
The prosecution asked to set a trial date and time line for the case. However, the defense says there is a lot to do before that can happen, saying they had problems getting records, as well as the key's to White's house, from the Sheriff's Office.
The judge announced that the defense will have 60 days to make progress, meaning they hope to set a trial date in late June. "This case is a 2014 case, and it needs to be worked and it needs to be ready", said judge Frank Sheffield, "And I know Mr. Bean knows how to try cases, I mean he's tried lot's of them. But, realistically, I think this case could be ready to try in 2016."
White was indicted by a grand jury in 2014, where prosecutors said they will be seeking the death penalty.
Deputies from the Leon County Sheriff's Office say White was babysitting Rhinehart and his brother at their home, on Bass Ridge Trail, when she pulled him into the bathroom, locked the door, and then according to investigators, stabbed Rhinehart repeatedly.