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Kristina Buckley trial likely to start next October

Sherwood mother is accused of strangling 11-year-old-daughter

A preliminary trial date has been set for Kristina Buckley, the Sherwood mother accused of strangling her 11-year-old daughter to death on June 2.

In a Hillsboro courtroom Tuesday, Washington County Judge Suzanne Upton said that Buckley's trial would likely start Oct. 23, 2012, and could last into the second week of November.

In July, Buckley waived her rights to a speedy trial, and Chief Deputy District Attorney Rob Bletko said that it was likely Buckley's lawyers would consider using a mental defense. The state and defense would spend several months conducting mental health evaluations, he said.

On Tuesday Upton said that prosecutors expected to call their first witness on Oct. 23, and that prosecutors would take three days to lay out their evidence against Buckley.

Her defense would present its evidence as early as Oct. 26.

Buckley, who appeared in court in an orange prison shirt and green-and-white striped pants, faces one count of aggravated murder. If convicted, she could face the death penalty.

At about 5 p.m., June 2, police and fire crews responded to a home in the 17600 block of Southwest Galewood Drive in Sherwood where Patrick Buckley, Kristina's husband, was performing CPR on his daughter.

Cecilia was transported to Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in Tualatin where she was pronounced dead.

Autopsy results concluded that she had been strangled to death.

Buckley was arrested June 16 after being released from a local hospital for self-inflicted wounds, according to the Sherwood Police Department.

Court documents say that Buckley admitted to strangling her daughter with her hands in part because she wanted to protect the girl from pedophiles.

She is being held in the Washington County Jail without bail.

Her next court date is set for April 10.