A judge is considering whether a D.C. woman convicted of killing her four daughters and living with their decomposing bodies was improperly allowed to waive her insanity defense.
Banita Jacks faces life in prison and was scheduled to be sentenced Friday. But Judge Frederick H. Weisberg said he could not proceed because of questions her defense raised.
Defense lawyers are asking the judge to appoint an independent counsel to investigate Jacks' refusal to use an insanity defense.
The judge questioned the attorneys and is giving prosecutors more time to oppose the request. Another hearing is scheduled for Dec. 18.
U.S. Marshals discovered the bodies of Jacks' daughters -- ages 5 to 16 -- in January 2008 when they came to evict her.