4 charged in child death to appear in court

The Associated Press/July 14, 2009

Baltimore - Four members of a religious cult accused in the starvation death of a 1-year-old boy are expected to appear in a Baltimore courtroom Tuesday afternoon.

The four are scheduled for trial, but the trial is almost certain to be postponed because two of the defendants, Queen Antoinette and Trevia Williams, have yet to hire lawyers.

Baltimore Circuit Judge John Addison Howard could appoint lawyers to represent Antoinette and Williams, or he could decide they've waived their right to counsel and order them to represent themselves.

Antoinette, Williams and co-defendants Marcus Cobbs and Steven Bynum are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Javon Thompson. Prosecutors say they stopped feeding the toddler after he refused to say "Amen" after meals.

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