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March 2 trial set for Arizona woman charged in disappearance of 5-year-old daughter

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PHOENIX — A new trial date has been set for an Arizona woman charged with murder in the disappearance of her 5-year-old daughter in 2011.

A March 2 trial has been set for Jerice Hunter on murder and child abuse charges in the disappearance of Jhessye (jesse) Shockley.

She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Investigators believe Shockley was killed and her body was put in a trash bin days before Hunter reported her missing.

Police say Hunter told police that she left Jhessye with the girl's older siblings while she ran an errand and returned to find her gone.

A landfill search ended without finding the girl's remains.

In 2005, Hunter was arrested on child abuse charges in California and served prison time after pleading no contest to corporal punishment.

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