A Leavenworth woman is seeking to withdraw her plea to a charge that she killed her mother, arguing that she is still being controlled by her deceased mother.

A Leavenworth woman is seeking to withdraw her plea to a charge that she killed her mother, arguing that she is still being controlled by her deceased mother.

Victoria A. Smith, 60, pleaded no contest June 2 to a charge of second-degree murder of her mother, Anna M. Higgins.

The crime was reported July 3, 2016, at Smith’s residence. Smith reportedly struck her mother several times with a three-pound mallet.

The plea was entered as part of a plea agreement with the prosecution.

Sentencing in the case is scheduled for July 21 in Leavenworth County District Court. However, Smith’s attorney, Michael Highland, has filed a motion seeking to withdraw the plea of no contest.

A judge is scheduled to take up the motion Friday.

The motion, which was filed June 23, argues that Smith did not “knowingly and intelligently” enter the plea.

The motion states the “defendant contends that she felt pressure to enter into a plea agreement” as the plea offer from the prosecution was about to expire.

“Furthermore, the defendant feels that her mother (the deceased in the current matter) is still controlling the defendant’s life at this time, and she therefore believes that she is incapable of entering into a plea agreement freely,” Highland wrote in the motion.

On the day Smith entered the no contest plea, she signed a petition to enter a plea. The document stated that she would not petition the court to set aside the plea. The document also stated that she was entering the plea “freely and voluntarily.”

After being charged with murder last year, the case against Smith was suspended when it was determined that she was not competent to stand trial. The case eventually resumed after Smith received treatment at the Larned State Security Hospital and it was determined that her competency had been restored.

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