Woman convicted in deadly crash returning to court

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A woman convicted 13 years ago of killing seven people in a head-on collision that prosecutors said was a suicide attempt is headed back to court.

Attorneys for Judy Kirby will go before a Morgan Superior judge Thursday for her hearing on a petition alleging that she received inadequate counsel during her 2001 trial.

Morgan County chief deputy prosecutor Robert Cline says the prosecutor's office opposes Kirby's bid for post-conviction relief.

Authorities have said Kirby was bent on suicide on March 25, 2000, when she drove the wrong way on Indiana Route 67 and collided head-on with a minivan. Four children in her car and three members of another family riding in the minivan died.

She was convicted of seven counts of murder and received a 215-year sentence.

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