Girl Accused in Mother's Murder To Stand Trial Monday

A Summersville girl accused of conspiring with her boyfriend to kill her parents received a delay in her trial.

Amelia Bird, 18, faces first-degree murder and attempted murder charges in the January 2006 shooting of her parents. She previously waived her preliminary and arraignment hearings in Texas County.

Bird’s public defender requested and received a delay in the trial that was to have started Monday. The new trial dates are March 10-14, 2008.

According to authorities, Bird and her 19-year-old boyfriend, Chad R. Brantley, conspired to kill Bird’s parents in their home south of Summersville on Highway 17. Her mother, Christina Bird, was killed in the shooting, and her father, William “Buddy” Bird, was seriously wounded.

Amelia Bird, who was 16 at the time, will be tried as an adult and could spend life in prison, but will not face the death penalty.

Brantley faces the death penalty for his role in an alleged premeditated murder. A date for his trial, which will be held in Pulaski County, has not been set.

Bird was reportedly in her parent’s home the night of the shooting and made the 911 call for help. Authorities quickly discovered conflicting stories from Bird, who alleged that a man wearing a hooded coat and baseball cap shot her parents, and Brantley. Lawmen said the pair planned the shooting and that Brantley was standing at the sliding glass door of the home when Bird made the call for help. Both were arrested the following day.

Christina Bird died at the scene. Buddy Bird was taken to a Springfield hospital where he recovered.

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