The pregnancy of a Yuba City homicide defendant is complicating her case in Sutter County Superior Court.
“Trying to schedule a murder hearing around a pregnancy is pretty unusual,” said Jana McClung, assistant Sutter County district attorney. “It’s a pretty unusual situation, at least in Sutter County. I’ve never had a case like it before.”
Baljinder Kaur, 37, was arrested in October and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of her mother-in-law, Baljit Kaur. Baljinder Kaur is expected to give birth in January, authorities said.
“I’m sure there’s a precedent for it, but it’s not a situation we’ve dealt with here,” McClung said.
Following a hearing Wednesday, Kaur had bail set at $1 million. McClung said it is not unusual in Sutter County for homicide defendants to receive bail.
“The judge set her bail according to the county’s bail schedule,” McClung said.
Bail was set based on the recommendation of a report from the Sutter County Probation Department.
Investigators have been tight lipped regarding both the alleged murder weapon and possible motives in the killing. The 68-year-old woman’s body was found Oct. 24 inside her home on Anthony Way in south Yuba City.
Autopsy results revealed Baljit Kaur died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Neighbors described the victim as a quiet, private lady who struggled physically and usually remained inside her home.Sutter County sheriff’s deputies arrested Baljinder Kaur two days later.
McClung said Kaur’s pregnancy was a factor in setting the hearing for February, but said giving her defense attorney time to process reports and prepare for the hearing was the main issue.
An after-hours phone call to Kaur’s attorney, Manny Sidhu, was not returned.
If convicted, Baljinder Kaur faces 25 years to life in prison. She was still in custody Wednesday night
Courtesy: Appeal Democrat newspaper