Bei Bei Shuai Jury Selection Set for Late August


Bei Bei Shuai, the Chinese immigrant in Indiana who’s accused of murder for the death of her daughter Angel, who was delivered early after Shuai ingested rat poison in a failed suicide attempt, will go to trial in September. The prosecution currently has no evidence that the poison caused Angel’s death.

Officials have announced that jury selection for Shuai’s murder trial will begin on August 26. The trial is being delayed while the prosecution has a new medical expert examine evidence from the case. A prior medical examiner’s testimony was dismissed from the case, as it was discovered she never examined any potential cause of death besides the poison, which has not been shown conclusively to cross the placental barrier.

Shuai’s lawyer, Linda Pence, has decried the refusal to drop the murder charges against Shuai in light of the lack of evidence in the case. “As of now, they have not provided any testimony from an expert that can testify that the rat poison caused the death of the fetus, which is alarming to me,” Pence told RTV6 in Indiana. “When you charge someone with murder, the most heinous crime on the books, you would have competent good evidence before you made those charges.”

Shuai was held in jail without bail for over a year before being allowed out on bond. Both women’s rights and mental health rights groups have actively petitioned the court to drop the case, arguing that jailing a woman for attempted suicide while pregnant will set a precedent that will discourage pregnant women from seeking assistance when they have mental health crises.

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  • http://twitter.com/ircrc S.E.B. MD

    Great post, Robin. It is amazing. It has been 2 years and 5 months. Over a year in jail. This is going to trial in four months and the defense does not have any medical testimony from the prosecution to even evaluate yet. What a rush to judgment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Feral.9.Hex Carla Clark

    Did her pregnancy exacerbate her condition? I only ask because I want to know if antis realize that they are probably complicit in the woman’s desperate circumstances.

  • http://www.facebook.com/margaret.cone.376 Margaret Cone

    The tighter the rope wraps around abortion providers and womens health care clinics, the more cases like this we’ll see. These Right Wing Christian Republicans cannot do anything but shame and punish.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alfonso.taboadaportal Alfonso Taboada Portal

    I am prolife but Bei Bei Shuai is not guilty. Code penal of Spain:
    ” Of injury to the fetus
    Article 157

    Whoever, by any means or procedure wounds a fetus an injury or illness that severely impair normal development, or cause the same serious physical or mental defect shall be punished by imprisonment of one to four years and disqualification to practice any health profession, or to provide services of any kind in clinics or gynecological, public or private, for two to eight years.

    Article 158

    The one serious negligence, commit the acts described in the preceding article shall be punished with imprisonment of three to five months or a fine of six to 10 months.

    When the events described in the previous article are committed by professional negligence also impose special disqualification for the exercise of the profession, trade or position for a period of six months to two years.

    The pregnant woman will not be punished under this provision.”

  • Stop this madness

    The law is the law! I do not agree with abortion period but regardless she chose to take the responsibility on of having and caring for a child after 22 weeks she deserves to be punished! If I get in the car with my infant and ram it purposely into a telephone pole because I am suicidal yet I live and my baby dies I am a baby murderer! This is the same for her!

    • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

      Nope, you’re just wrong. It’s not the same thing at all. What this woman needed was help and psychiatric counseling, not murder charges and a trial.

      • Stop this madness

        So in other words your saying the law doesn’t apply to her?

        • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

          What law? She was trying to kill herself. And no, she didn’t have an infant with her.

        • HeilMary1

          Clearly, you don’t think such laws apply to Bush and Cheney when they bombed innocent pregnant Iraqis back to the stone age just to fund their re-election through tax-paid military and oil contractor donations!