A hearing in the Sarah Hartsfield murder case was held in Chambers County Monday afternoon but she did not appear in person and much of the hearing was behind closed doors.
A grand jury indicted Hartsfield for murder in February, a couple of weeks after her husband of 11 months, Joseph Hartsfield, died at Houston Methodist Baytown hospital due to “complications of toxic effects of insulin,” according to the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office. The manner is undetermined.
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The jail is only a couple blocks from the courtroom but Sarah Hartsfield, 48, stayed at the jail and joined via videoconference while everyone else appeared in person. Much of the time, she spoke to her court-appointed attorney privately via videoconference, separate from the courtroom.
Chambers County District Attorney Cheryl Lieck Henry, the county’s top prosecutor, revealed in court that the Sarah Hartsfield case already has 40 supplemental reports with additional evidence, with about the same number of discs full of evidence.
Typically, the sheriff’s office doesn’t turn over evidence to the defense for discovery until an investigation is complete, but Lieck Henry said she has requested the investigators share everything they have so far and continue working on it.
“She’s under indictment, which means an investigation should have already been done and completed,” Hartsfield’s court-appointed attorney Keaton Kirkwood said.
The hearing was to decide on requests filed last week by her to fire him, and by him to withdraw from the case, but after discussion between the two behind closed doors, they appeared to settle their differences.
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Kirkwood will remain Hartsfield’s defense attorney going forward.
She told the judge she is fine with