Associate St. Clair County Judge Julie Katz entered a not guilty plea on behalf of 25-year-old Yokeia Smith during a brief arraignment Friday. Katz also appointed a public defender to represent the East St. Louis woman. No new court appearance was scheduled.
Yokeia Smith's aunts Gayle Jones (at left) and Martenia Jones, along with cousin Dawn Triplett (at far right), addressing the media Sept. 2 regarding Smith's case. Smith is charged with shooting two of her children to death with a shotgun.