Trial dates set for couple charged with murder in abuse case

Posted at 6:33 AM, Nov 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-25 08:33:30-05

New trial dates have been set for an Arizona couple charged with murder in the 2011 death of a 10-year-old who was padlocked in a plastic trunk for hours.

Sammantha Allen is scheduled for a May 8 trial, while her husband, John Allen, is set to be tried on Aug. 7.

They pleaded not guilty to charges in the death of Sammantha Allen's cousin, Ame Deal.

Authorities say Deal died after John Allen padlocked her in the footlocker as discipline for having stolen Popsicles.

She was left in the plastic box all night and was found dead the next morning.

Sammantha Allen is accused of coaching another child to say that Deal was playing hide and seek the night before and that she wasn't found before everyone went to bed.