Suspect pleads insanity in murder of woman, unborn baby

Suspect pleads insanity in murder of woman, unborn baby

By The WTMJ News Team and the Associated Press. CREATED Nov 2, 2011 - UPDATED: Nov 2, 2011

MILWAUKEE - An insanity plea has been entered on behalf of a Milwaukee woman accused of killing a pregnant woman and trying to steal her unborn baby.

Judge David Borowski has begun the process of appointing a doctor to investigate that insanity plea.

In the meantime, Annette Morales-Rodriguez, 33, remains inside the Milwaukee County Jail.

She faced a judge on Wednesday, pleading not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

She faces charges of killing Maritza Ramirez and cutting her unborn son out of her womb.

"We're going to have a doctor evaluate her and decide if she meets the requirements of having a mental disease or defect," said Attorney Robert D'Arruda, who is representing Morales-Rodriguez.

He says he's not aware that his client has a history of mental illness.  

D'Arruda is also considering requests to change the possible jury pool.

"As you know, there's been a lot of publicity on this case.  People's opinions may already have been made up.  We're either going to ask the judge to move the trial to another county, or to empanel a jury from another county and bring them to Milwaukee."

Police insist Morales-Rodriguez confessed to the crime, admitting she got the idea from a show on the Discovery Channel.

"Obviously, it's an alleged confession," said D'Arruda to TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.

"We are going to challenge that.  We are going to file motions challenging her statement to police, not only at the hospital, but to detectives at the Police Administration Building."

Next month, the doctor's findings are expected to be released.

She faces two sentences of life in prison if she is convicted on both counts.