Story highlights D.A. acknowledges that some people demand a homicide charge “That is not possible under Colorado law without proof of live birth,” he saysDynel Lane is held on $2 million bond in an attack on a seven-months’ pregnant womanBoulder County District Attorney Stanley L. Garnett was unable to file a murder charge under state law, and he highlighted how the coroner found that the fetus didn’t show any signs of life outside the womb, Garnett said.The victim, Michelle Wilkins, 26, who was seven months’ pregnant, survived this month’s attack, which occurred when she went to a Longmont home to buy baby clothes advertised for sale on Craigslist.”Now, I understand that many in the community — and heaven knows I’ve heard from a lot of them — would like me to file homicide charges,” Garnett told reporters. “However, that is not possible under Colorado law without proof of live birth. A prosecutor cannot file murder charges when a baby who is killed has not lived outside the body of the mother. For similar reasons, I cannot bring charges of child abuse resulting in death,” the district attorney said.The fetus’ lungs never inflated, Garnett said. The fetus’ exact cause of death, however, isn’t immediately known and is expected to be revealed when the final autopsy report is released in six to eight weeks, he said.Wilkins and her partner, identified only as Dan, named the female fetus Aurora, the prosecutor said.Lane, 34, appeared briefly in a holding room during an initial court appearance Friday, but she didn’t enter the courtroom. Her attorneys waived a formal reading of charges at the hearing, which occurred before the prosecutor’s press conference.”She could get a long sentence and very well could die in prison,” the district attorney said about Lane, adding he couldn’t immediately calculate the maximum number of years she faces if convicted of all counts.Lane was also charged with two counts of crime of violence, two counts of first-degree assault, and two counts of second-degree assault, Garnett said.Lane’s next court date, a preliminary hearing, is May 5. She is … – Click Here To Visit Article Source