Springfield woman pleads not guilty in mother's death
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A Springfield woman charged with arranging the death of her mother pleaded not guilty.
23-year-old Gypsy Blancharde entered the plea Monday during a brief hearing in Greene County Court. She was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the June 14 stabbing death of 48-year-old Clauddinnea "Dee Dee" Blancharde at their home near Springfield.
The Springfield News-Leader reported Blancharde didn't speak during the hearing other than to her lawyer. She was returned to Missouri from Wisconsin on Friday.
Prosecutors allege Blancharde persuaded her 26-year-old boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, to kill her mother.
Godejohn was also charged with first-degree murder and was jailed in Wisconsin Monday awaiting extradition.
Authorities have said the Blanchardes pretended Gypsy was disabled and they had survived Hurricane Katrina so they could collect donations.