An Oakdale woman who was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder of her newborn daughter in 2008 is arguing that a new judge should preside in her retrial.
Beecroft, 23, is requesting a new judge to oversee her trial, stating that the same Washington County judge who initially gave the guilty verdit will not be able to be unbiased in the new case, according to a report by the Pioneer Press.
At 17-years-old, Beecroft was accused of stabbing her infant daughter more than 100 times and then threw her daughter in a trash can. She was tried as an adult and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
In May, Nicole Beecroft's conviction was overturned in the Minnesota Supreme Court due to interference with expert witnesses. Her case is being sent back to Washington County District Court and to the same judge who oversaw the inital trial, according to the Star Tribune.
Beecroft appealed to Assistant Chief Judge Douglas Meslow of Anoka County Court on Friday, July 27. According to the Pioneer Press, Meslow will make a decision soon regarding Beecroft's request for a new judge.