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Killer parents back in court on motion for new trial

COVINGTON, Ga. - Four months after being found guilty in the murder of their 15-day old daughter, Christopher Michael McNabb and Cortney Marie Bell were back in court in front of Alcovy Judicial Circuit Chief Superior Court Judge John M. Ott Tuesday on a motion for a new trial. 

A scheduling order was issued for the motion. 

Scheduling orders are part of case management, which in legal terms refers to the schedule of proceedings involved in a matter. 

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McNabb, the father, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, plus 10 years on all eight counts, which include malice murder, two counts of felony murder, second-degree murder, aggravated battery, first-degree cruelty to children, second-degree cruelty to children and concealing the death of another. 

Bell, the mother, was sentenced to 30 years, with 15 to serve on all three of her charges. Those charges include second-degree murder, second-degree cruelty to children and contributing to the deprivation of a minor. 

Alcovy Judicial Circuit District Attorney Layla Zon and Assistant District Attorney Alex Stone are argued the state’s case, while Public Defender Anthony Carter and appointed conflict attorney Bryan Frost represented McNabb and Bell respectively. Eric Crawford has since been appointed to represent Bell.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections website, McNabb has been housed at Hays State Prison, in Trion, and Bell has been housed at Pulaski State Prison, in  Hawkinsville.