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Hearing delayed for Kennewick woman who allegedly killed woman to steal her baby

A Kennewick woman accused of slaying a pregnant woman to steal her baby was in court again Wednesday, but the hearing on a defense motion was delayed until today so she could talk to her Seattle attorney.

Phiengchai Sisouvanh Synhavong was in Benton County Superior Court apparently to waive the 30-day timeline that prosecutors have to decide whether to seek the death penalty.

The motion, however, was never addressed or filed with the court because Rafael Gonzales said Sisouvanh Synhavong wanted to wait 24 hours before making a decision. Gonzales, the Benton-Franklin indigent defense coordinator, is one of her three attorneys. Seattle attorney Michael Iaria and local attorney Dan Arnold were not available.

Gonzales said he wanted to make sure Sisouvanh Synhavong had a chance to discuss the details with Iaria.

Sisouvanh Synhavong has pleaded innocent to aggravated first-degree murder. Under state law, she faces either life in prison or the death penalty, if convicted.

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