A woman who pleaded no contest last month to the second-degree murder of her mother testified Friday that she wants to withdraw the plea.

A woman who pleaded no contest last month to the second-degree murder of her mother testified Friday that she wants to withdraw the plea.

“For me to have closure with what has happened, I need to have a trial,” Victoria A. Smith said.

Smith testified Friday during a hearing for motion to withdraw the plea.

District Judge Gunnar Sundby made no ruling Friday. He plans to issue a ruling in writing.

Smith pleaded no contest June 2 to the intentional second-degree of 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.

Smith had been charged with first-degree murder. But she pleaded to a second-degree murder charge as part of a plea agreement with the prosecution.

Smith’s attorney, Michael Highland, said Friday that he was contacted by the defendant the day after she entered the plea. She wanted to withdraw the plea.

Highland said he spoke with Smith several times about the matter and filed a motion to withdraw the plea June 23.

Highland said the defendant “felt pressure to enter into a plea agreement” because the plea offer was about to expire.

Highland also said that Smith believes her mother has been controlling her actions all her life. Highland said Smith believes her deceased mother was even controlling her actions on the day of the plea.

Smith testified Friday that she had been wanting her case to go to trial. But at the time she agreed to the plea, she was terrified about the possibility going to prison for life.

Smith said she was not in the right frame of mind to accept the plea.

Smith testified that she feels information revealed during a trial may result in a reduced sentence.

“There’s quite a bit of information that needs to come out,” she said.

Smith said she had only intended to scare her mother with the mallet.

“I did not intentionally kill her,” she said.

During her testimony, Smith alleged that she had been abused by her mother even as an adult.

Assistant County Attorney Shawn Boyd argued that buyer’s remorse is not good cause for withdrawing a plea.

Sundby said he will issue a ruling in writing before July 21. That is when Smith is scheduled to be sentenced for the second-degree murder charge.

Smith remains in custody at the Leavenworth County Jail.

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