No lawyers please!
Georgia woman accused of killing stepdaughter says she is relying on God to get her through murder trial
Tiffany Moss has decided not to use a lawyer and will rely on divine intervention when she goes on trial for the murder of her stepdaughter, Emani
Moss, 35, is accused of murdering 10-year-old Emani in 2013
Emani died from starvation, had not eaten anything for two weeks when her 32lb body was found
The charred remains was discovered inside a trash can at their home in Gwinnett, Georgia
Her father, Eman Moss, has already pled guilty to her murder and was sent to prison for life without possibility of parole
Tiffany is awaiting trial and faces death penalty, If convicted of murder
This week, she shocked judges by deciding to represent herself at trial, dismissing the two state provided defense attorneys because the broached the prospects of a plea deal with her
Tiffany Moss, [left], has decided not to use a lawyer and will rely on divine intervention when she goes on trial for the murder of her stepdaughter Emani [right]
A woman accused of starving her 10-year-old stepdaughter to death then burning her body in a trash can has decided not to get a lawyer and is facing trial on her own because she believes God is on her side.
Tiffany Moss, 35, is accused of murdering her stepdaughter Emani in 2013 in Gwinnett, Georgia.
The child’s charred remains were found in a trash can at the apartment complex where she lived with her father Eman after he called 911 threatening to kill himself.
At the age of 10, Emani weighed just 32lbs when she died. She had not eaten for two weeks tests concluded.
Emani’s emaciated body was found burned in this trash can outside her parents apt in Gwinnett, Georgia in 2013
Simply brilliant: Tiffany Moss is representing herself in murder trial where she is facing the death penalty in Gwinnett County, Ga
Her father pled guilty to murder last year and will testify against his wife as part of his plea agreement. He was sentenced to life without parole instead of execution.
This week, she shocked judges and lawyers by refusing an attorney and announcing that she wanted to enter trial representing herself. If convicted, she could be sentenced to death.
The judge has delayed proceedings in order for a higher court to review her decision.
She told the judge that she will rely instead on divine intervention to ensure justice is served.
At a recent hearing, gave an insight into her courtroom strategy,’ The Atlanta Journal Constitution. reports.
Not for her the usual conventional trial prep. Moss is not preparing her defense in any researching the law, filing motions, reviewing evidence and the like. At a recent court hearing, she said she is readying herself “in a more spiritual way than, you know, a physical way.”
Eman Moss [photo], the girl’s father last year pled guilty to her murder to avoid the death sentence. He will spend the rest of his life in jail and testify for the prosecution against his wife
Emani had not been fed for two weeks when she died
Prosecutors say Emani was singled out by her stepmother who deprived her of food but made sure her own children were well fed and looked after.
Several welfare workers lost their jobs as a result of the child’s death after it was revealed they had failed to detect the risks she was exposed to.
The girl’s father told police that he was gone for much of the time that she was at home with her stepmother.
He worked two jobs, he said, and could not be there to look after her or protect her.
Police have always maintained that it was the stepmother who was the ‘driving force’ behind the abuse Emani suffered.
Moss was initially provided two lawyers from the state public defender’s system. But last November, she notified the court she wanted to represent herself.
Hutchinson, after quickly convening a hearing, asked her why. The capital defenders, Moss said, were recommending that she accept the prosecution’s offer to plead guilty in exchange for a sentence of life in prison without parole.
“I had already expressed that I did not wish to (plead guilty), which led me to further come to the conclusion that it would be in my best interest to represent myself,” she explained.
The consequences of that decision may be telling already.
After she chose to represent herself, the state sought to admit hearsay testimony from Moss’s son at trial. At a hearing, Moss asked Superior Court Judge George Hutchinson III not to allow it. This prompted the judge to ask her to give him a legal basis for her objection.
“Legal basis,” Moss said. “I don’t know.”