Natchitoches DA seeks death penalty for mother charged with murder of 7-month-old son

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NATCHITOCHES, La. (KALB) - The Natchitoches Parish District Attorney announced last week that they will seek the death penalty in the case of Hanna Barker, the mother charged with first-degree murder for the burning death of her 7-month-old son Levi Ellerbe.

Hannah Barker | Photo Source: Natchitoches Police Department

The alleged murder took place in July 2018.

Barker was indicted for first-degree murder, along with her girlfriend, Felicia Smith.

Barker and Smith have both pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charges.

News Channel 5 has not received word yet on whether the DA will seek the death penalty for Smith as well.

Barker's trial date is set for Jan. 13, 2020.

A pre-trial date should be decided within the next week.

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