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Over 2 dozen motions filed in teen murder trial

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Investigators said Wood was 17 when she stabbed and killed Brooklyn Hollins at a March 2012 house party. Investigators said Wood was 17 when she stabbed and killed Brooklyn Hollins at a March 2012 house party.
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FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

Attorneys laid the groundwork for a murder trial involving a teenage girl charged in a fatal stabbing.

18-year-old Autumn Wood is being tried as an adult for the murder of 14-year-old Brooklyn Hollins at a house party in Florence. The stabbing happened in 2012, when Woods was 17.

Wednesday, attorneys on both sides argued potential testimony and concerns heading into next week's trial. During the hearing, we got new insight into the defense.

Originally, Wood pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity or mental defect. In court Wednesday, her attorney briefly discussed her battle with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. He said something Wood experienced as a child brought on the disorder, but the attorney did not go into specifics.

More than two dozen motions have been filed in this case – some of them about testimony expected from certain witnesses. The judge addressed some of the motions as what he calls "Evidence 101," reminding the attorneys that basic rules of hearsay apply in this case.

District Attorney Chris Connolly said he was prepared for these arguments.

"No real surprises, most of those are what I would say are routine pretrial motions to make sure everybody is on the same page regarding what the appropriate evidence will be to submit so we will be ready," he said.

Hollins' family has been inside the courtroom for every hearing since her death. Connolly said he hopes the family can find closure after the trial.

"It's a sad case, and we're doing a lot of preparation. I'm going to meet with the victim's family again now, so we are ready for an emotional week," he said.

This case has also been the focus of dozens of media stories in the last 20 months. That publicity is not expected to play a role in the trial.

"I think the coverage has been fair, and we'll deal with that in jury selection," said Connolly.

Jury selection begins Monday.

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