Marilyn Edge was arraigned by video link Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court, for two counts of murder in the killing of her 13-year-old autistic son and 9-year-old daughter. Marilyn Edge, 42, was in the midst of a bitter custody dispute when she allegedly poisoned her two children Saturday, before attempting suicide by crashing her car at a shopping center. Edge asked the judge multiple times for the death penalty today, according to KTLV News10 on Sept. 17.
Witnesses described Edge's appearance today as disheveled. She stood with her head down, hands behind her back. When Judge Craig Robison asked Edge if she wanted her arraignment postponed to Oct. 25, she twice said, "Only if you promise me the death penalty".
Edge, of Scottsdale, Ariz., lost custody of daughter Faith and son Jaelen on Wednesday in a Georgia case. She texted her ex-husband Mark Edge that she would return the children to him on Sunday, according to ABC News.
Sadly the two kids were discovered dead in a Santa Ana hotel room Saturday, after their mother tried to kill herself in the car. Click here to read all about what happened that day.
The Edges were divorced in 2007 after less than 10 years of marriage. Marilyn was originally given full custody in 2009, but that order was set aside when Mark claimed he was working overseas and wasn't properly notified.
Mr. Edge claimed his ex-wife was keeping his children from him, and that he hadn't been allowed to visit with them in a year and a half. In September a judge reduced Mrs. Edge's child support and ordered joint custody.
Marilyn then moved to Arizona claiming a job transfer. Mark's attorney Marian Weeks said all her client wanted was to spend time with his children, "But Marilyn could not let that happen".
At last Wednesday's hearing in Georgia, the judge ruled that Marilyn Edge was alienating her children from her ex-husband and ordered he be given full custody.
When Mark Edge was informed of the deaths of the children by Atlanta police Sunday, he had to be taken to a hospital for duress. His condition is said to be improving.
Marilyn Edge could be eligible for the death penalty if convicted, so perhaps her courtroom wish today will end up being granted.
Her arraignment was postponed until October 25. She remains behind bars without bail.