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Annette Morales-Rodriguez, Milwaukee Woman Accused Of Fetal Abduction, Pleads Insanity

11/02/11 10:52 AM ET  AP

MILWAUKEE -- An insanity plea has been entered on behalf of a Milwaukee woman accused of killing a pregnant woman and trying to steal her full-term fetus.

The lawyer for 33-year-old Annette Morales-Rodriguez entered pleas Wednesday of not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

Attorney Robert D'Arruda (duh-ROO'-dah) says he's not aware that his client has a history of mental illness. But he says he wants her to have access to an examination from a mental-health professional.

Morales-Rodriguez is charged with two counts of intentional homicide, including homicide of an unborn child. If convicted she faces two life sentences.

D'Arruda says he plans to request a change of venue because of pretrial publicity. He also plans to file motions challenging incriminating statements his client made to investigators.

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In this Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 frame grab, Annette Morales-Rodriguez enters court in Milwaukee, Wis. Morales-Rodriguez, 33, faces one count each of first-degree intentional homicide while armed and first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child while armed in the death of Maritza Ramirez-Cruz and the baby she was set to deliver next week. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

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