Pilkington trial pushed back

Trial delayed for Bellefontaine mom accused of killing 3 sons

Court hearings for the Bellefontaine mom accused of smothering her three young sons to death have been pushed back until October.

Brittany Pilkington appeared in a Logan County courtroom Tuesday for what was to be the first of four days of hearings to go through several motions filed by her defense attorneys, including whether or not she should face the death penalty if convicted.

But a judge agreed to reschedule those for Oct. 18 to 21. That’s the same month her trial on three counts of aggravated murder was set to start so that’s now been pushed back until Feb. 27, 2017.

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“As family members … we would like to see it over with,” Pilkington’s uncle Jeff Skaggs said.

Pilkington, 24, allegedly confessed to killing 3-month-old Niall Pilkington in July 2014, 4-year-old Gavin Pilkington in April of last year, and 3-month-old Noah in August, authorities said. Brittany Pilkington has pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated murder.

The motions that will now be reviewed in October include a request to remove the death penalty specifications, to sever the charges and hold three separate trials, and to have her alleged confession to police thrown out.

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Brittany Pilkington’s husband, Joseph Pilkington, pleaded guilty last week. He was charged with felony sexual battery and arrested in September for allegedly starting a sexual relationship with then Brittany Cummins while she was a minor and he was a step-father figure living in her home.

He was involved in a relationship with her mother from the time she was a child and purported himself to be her parent at school and at doctors’ appointments, prosecutors have said.

“He’s been controlling in her life since she’s been like 9 years old,” Skaggs said.

Joseph Pilkington pleaded guilty last week to a reduced misdemeanor charge of sexual imposition, according to the Logan County Prosecutor’s Office. He must register as a Tier One sex offender for 15 years, but doesn’t have to serve any more jail time.

“We wish he would’ve got more time,” Skaggs said.

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