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    Judge: Motion to Move Nicole Finn’s Murder Trial Denied

    http://whotv.com/2017/08/08/judge-mo...-trial-denied/

    Judge Romano’s decision to deny the change of motion venue cited a survey of potential jurors called for jury service in Polk County on June 5, 12, 26 as well as July 10 and 17. The survey revealed almost half of the jurors had not heard of the case. The survey also showed 77% of potential jurors indicated they could be fair and impartial jurors.

    “The court finds that there has not been a showing of substantial prejudice such that there is no likelihood that a fair trial can be held in Polk County,” wrote Judge Romano in her decision.

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    Natalie Finn trial: Adoptive mother to cite ‘diminished capacity’ in teen’s death

    http://www.kcci.com/article/natalie-...death/12217374

    Court documents filed in Polk County Friday indicate that Nicole Finn plans to use the affirmative defense of diminished capacity in the murder trial of Natalie Finn.

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    Natalie Finn’s parents took out two life insurance policies on their adopted daughter before the 16-year-old died from starvation and abuse in the family's West Des Moines home, Polk County court filings show.

    A Hartford Life Insurance policy carried a $10,000 benefit, according to a court filing related to Natalie Finn’s estate. Another policy that Natalie's adoptive mother, Nicole Finn, took out in 2009 carried a $25,000 benefit.
    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/sto...her/814547001/

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    Is it typical for people to take out life insurance policies on children?

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    Just heard about this. Can someone explain the kidnapping charge to me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iliketotalk15 View Post
    Just heard about this. Can someone explain the kidnapping charge to me?
    If I'm not mistaken she was held in the basement? Presumably against her will. Hope I'm not mixing up cases :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiskers16 View Post
    If I'm not mistaken she was held in the basement? Presumably against her will. Hope I'm not mixing up cases :/
    Oh yes, that makes sense. Held against her will. I was just thinking more of they snatched her from somewhere. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iliketotalk15 View Post
    Oh yes, that makes sense. Held against her will. I was just thinking more of they snatched her from somewhere. Thanks!
    From the second linked article in post #1:
    "Both parents are accused of secretly confining Natalie and two of her siblings,*a 14-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy, inside their small, brick home on 15th Street near Mountain Avenue in West Des Moines."

    I confused this case with another similar one in Iowa, Sabrina Ray I think was her name. She was abused and left in the basement and unable to get out.

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    Nicole Finn makes second attempt at trial change of venue

    http://www.kcci.com/article/nicole-f...venue/13612078

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    Nicole Finn murder trial will stay in Polk County for now

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/sto...now/870185001/

    About 250 to 280 Polk County residents will be questioned Friday about whether they can be fair and impartial in the murder trial of Nicole Finn, accused in the starvation death of her 16-year-old daughter Natalie.

    Polk County Judge Karen Romano on Thursday denied a second bid by Finn's attorneys to move the trial out of central Iowa, saying she will reconsider the request if juror questionnaires reveal too much bias.

    If the trial moves forward as planned after Thanksgiving, Romano said she plans to admonish jurors not to read or watch any media about the case. She will take the added step of asking them to turn off news alerts on their smartphones, she said.


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    Nicole Finn's attorney moves to block evidence from trial
    Updated 7:45 p.m. CT Nov. 22, 2017

    The attorneys for Nicole Finn...has filed a motion to block four pieces of evidence during her trial.

    Life insurance policies on Natalie Finn and her two siblings
    Evidence that Natalie Finn was hit with a bat by a relative
    References that her siblings resembled "concentration camp prisoners"
    Testimony that Nicole Finn made distasteful comments about Natalie Finn's death when she was picking up medical records

    https://www.desmoinesregister.com/st...ial/887785001/

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    Nicole Finn murder trial begins with jury selection

    http://www.kcci.com/article/nicole-f...today/13931737

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    Jury selection in Nicole Finn trial could wrap up today

    https://www.kcci.com/article/jury-se...today/13985906

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    Jury Seated in Nicole Finn Trial

    Opening statements are expected to start Friday in the trial of a Des Moines mother accused of starving her adopted daughter to death.

    http://whotv.com/2017/11/30/jury-sea...le-finn-trial/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiskers16 View Post
    Is it typical for people to take out life insurance policies on children?
    It’s not abnormal. It’s usuallu a benefit offered through an employer. Those are standard amounts too

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