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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Foster due back in court in Trinity Hanna murder

  • Preliminary hearing to be held Tuesday in Bakersfield
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  • Accused child murderer Eric Foster will is scheduled to be back in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.
    Foster, 27, is accused of  first degree murder, torture and cruelty to a child in connection with the death of three-year-old Trinity Monique Hanna in January.
    Because of special circumstances alleged by the Kern County District Attorney, Foster could possibly face the death penalty if convicted of the murder and torture charges.
    Foster has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
    He is being held without bail.
    Foster is scheduled to appear in Kern County Superior Court on Monday for a pretrial hearing, then come back Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.
    Trinity's mother, Angela Monique Hanna, 30, has already reached a plea bargain with prosecutors and agreed to testify against Foster. She was arrested in early May on charges  of second-degree murder  a willful cruelty to a child.
    In September, she accepted a plea bargain. The murder charge was dropped and she pled no contest to four counts of willful cruelty to a child.
    Under the terms of the agreement, she will be sentenced to no more than 10 years in state prison and she is required to testify against Foster.
    She is being held on $2,020,000 bail.
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