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Mon July 20, 2009
Sept. Deadline for Death Penalty Recommendation
Fort Campbell, KY – Federal prosecutors have a deadline of late September to recommend whether a woman charged with killing two of her children in a fire at Fort Campbell should face a possible death sentence.
U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell set a September 25th deadline for the recommendation to go to the U.S. Department of Justice in the case of 35-year-old Billi Jo Smallwood.
Smallwood has pleaded not guilty to malicious damage and destruction by fire to property owned by the United States resulting in deaths in the May 2007 blaze at Fort Campbell.
Two children, 9-year-old Sam Fagan, and 2-year-old Rebekah Smallwood, died in the blaze. Smallwood's husband, Army Specialist Wayne Smallwood, and their toddler daughter survived the blaze.