Grandmother Accused of Murder Heads To Trial

A Tyler woman accused of shaking her granddaughter to death backed out of a plea agreement with the state Monday morning. Julia Cameron was expected to plea in Seventh District Judge Kerry Russell's court, but her counsel motioned for a trial instead.

Cameron was arrested last year for allegedly causing her 2-year old granddaughter's death by violently shaking her. The family told police the toddler died after falling down cement stairs, but investigators pressed charges after finding the injuries consistent with those from "Shaken Baby Syndrome." Cameron's family says she refused the plea agreement, because evidence that could help her case has not been introduced yet.

"We decided to go this way to bring more witnesses and to get more evidence to help Ms. Cameron in this case," said Kenneth Butler, the defendant's brother. Cameron's trial is set to begin March 24, 2003.