Testimony begins for mother accused of killing 3-year-old daughter

 Testimony is underway in the jury trial of a mother accused of smothering her 3-year-old daughter to death and then dumping the toddler’s body in a wooded area.

Adriene Williams, 27, of Wilkinsburg, is charged with homicide, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.

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Williams asked for new attorneys following an emotional testimony Wednesday morning.  She said she wasn’t happy with the performance of her current defense team, reports WPXI. The judge refused her request.

According to WPXI, family members sobbed during the testimony as evidence photos of 3-year-old Adrionna’s body were shown on a projector.

Other photos showed the Swissvale ravine, where police found the child’s body in a pile of dirt in June 2015.

WPXI reports that the county detective who found the little girl took the stand, became so choked up during his testimony that he had to stop twice to compose himself.

During the testimony, Williams reportedly covered her eyes and kept her head down as pictures of her daughter’s body were shown.

She could face sentences ranging from 2 1/2 to five years for involuntary manslaughter up to life without parole for first-degree murder, if convicted.

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