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Trial Date Set For Natasha Moses Bates

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Published on Nov 27, 2012

by John Madewell  A story that broke the hearts of parents across the viewing area is back in the news. The timeline leading to trial is set for Natasha Moses Bates.She's the Bradley County mother accused of leaving her boys unattended in scorching heat this past summer. Both of them died.The trial is set for August of next year. Deadlines for procedural matters were also put in place. Relatives on the paternal side say they understand the time required in the judicial process, but they still want answers.Bates stood and listened as Judge Amy Reedy laid out dates leading up to her double murder trial. Bates stands accused of leaving her sons unattended last summer in blistering heat.Investigators suspect the boys got into a car. They could not survive the 103 degree heat on June 28, their mother found them unconscious in the front yard.3-year-old River Bates' body temperature was 109 degrees, Leland's was 103, even after he had been iced down.Another nine months will pass before Bates goes to trial, paternal relatives say waiting is the hardest part. Stacey Morrow is a cousin of the boys' grandmother. After the hearing, Morrow said, "It's hard to let go. The longer it's drug out, the harder it is to understand."Linda Bates, the boys' grandmother, said seeing the dates laid out on a calendar helps. Bates said, "It's certainly still a waiting game, but yes it does help to have the dates set."A time when they hope an explanation comes. In court, Bates' attorneys provided a glimpse of what may happen in her trial. They indicated a "real possibility" of needing an expert witness. They added it may take some time to get approval and also find a witness.Judge Reedy instructed everyone to stay on deadline. "Don't anticipate what you're going to find, you need to know what you're going to find."And the boys paternal grandmother hopes the trial sheds light on that deadly day. Linda Bates said, "You know at some point, I hope she does just tell everything that happened, everybody that was involved. I hope that everybody that had anything to do with it, you know, has to answer to it. She shouldn't have the whole thing on her shoulders, other than just the boys."Meanwhile, Tasha Bates remains in jail. She's charged with two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated child abuse and five meth-related charges. Those drug charges came later in the investigation.Judge Reedy stopped short of ordering a "gag order," but cautioned attorneys and "anybody connected" with this case not to talk to the media.

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