By JAMES SWIFT
The jury trial for a mother accused of prostituting her own preteen daughter is scheduled to begin Monday in Bartow Superior Court.
According to Bartow County Superior Court documents, codefendants Jennifer Lea Short, 38, and Javier Murietta 43 — whose surname is also listed as Murrieta on several documents — are each charged with one count of trafficking a person for sexual servitude, one count of rape and one count of child molestation.
“I’m telling both sides, this case is going to trial Monday morning, I don’t care what’s coming in, I don’t care what’s out,” Judge Smith said at a motion hearing Tuesday afternoon. “This trial has been continued four times and it is not going to get continued again.”
Murietta will be represented by attorney Christopher Cahill while Short will be represented by public defender James Champlin. Representing the State for the trial will be Jana W. Allen.
Cahill’s motion to sever his client’s case from the codefendant was not considered Tuesday afternoon. Nor were two additional motions from the defense — one requesting the ability to admit evidence of what they describe as “a prior false allegation” and the other a request to quash a no-contact order.
Upon reviewing the motions, the defense noted they required a witness, who was present in the courtroom that afternoon, to testify.
“What we’ll do is we’ll sound the calendar Monday and we’ll take these motions first, before we do anything,” Smith said. “So I’ll get those resolved and we’ll go forward as we can with the trial after those are decided.”