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Elisa Baker negotiating deal in Zahra Baker case, says report

Elisa Baker negotiating deal in Zahra Baker case, says report
Elisa Baker Hickory Police Department

(CBS/WBTV/AP) NEWTON, N.C. - Prosecutors and defense attorneys are reportedly negotiating a plea deal in the case of North Carolina woman Elisa Baker, who is accused of murdering her 10-year-old disabled stepdaughter Zahra.

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The 43-year-old is charged with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice in the death of Zahra, who had a prosthetic leg and hearing aids because of her fight with bone cancer.

Lawyers appearing in Catawba County Superior Court Monday said they had spoken with Judge Timothy Kincaid, who agreed to move the hearing to Wednesday morning.

Defense Attorney Scott Reilly told the Charlotte Observer on Monday that he is in "discussions" on resolving the murder charges.

"We're having productive discussions and we're working toward the goal of resolving the cases," Reilly told the newspaper.

Kincaid was to choose the city to which he was going to move the hearing to Wednesday morning.

Reilly filed a change of venue motion arguing coverage in area newspapers and comments on the web "reveal a deep prejudice against" Elisa Baker, reports CBS affiliate WBTV.

Zahra went missing in October 2010 and was found dead months later. Authorities say Baker dismembered the girl's body to cover up her killing.

Baker helped lead authorities to her body parts. She could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

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