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A film actress with a bit part in “Captain America: The First Avenger” who is facing murder charges for the pre-Christmas stabbing death of her mother intends to represent herself in the criminal case.
On Thursday, Mollie Fitzgerald appeared for an arraignment in Johnson County District Court by a closed-circuit television feed and informed the judge that she would defend herself against a second-degree murder charge, according to The Kansas City Star.
During the hearing, Fitzgerald claimed to have earned a law degree from the University of Houston and went on to object to the possibility of her ex-husband, Corey Jackson, being called to testify as a witness, the publication reported.
Authorities discovered her mother, 68-year-old Patricia Fitzgerald, suffering from a stab wound inside a private home in Olathe, Kansas on Dec. 20.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
At the time, Mollie Fitzgerald was transported to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries before being released. Authorities took her into custody on New Year's Eve and hit her with a second-degree murder charge for her mother's homicide.
She was remanded on a $500,000 bond in the Johnson County Jail, jail records show. She's due back in court on Jan. 9.
Fitzgerald portrayed the role of “Stark Girl” in 2011's “Captain America: The First Avenger.”
She also earned credits as a producer, director and writer on various productions of short and documentary films, according to her profile on IMDb.
Little is known about what led to Patricia Fitzgerald’s death.
Her brother, Gary Hunziker, was stunned and noted that she was prepping a move back to Kansas City after spending some years living in Houston, according to The Kansas City Star.
“We were shocked,” he said of his Patricia’s death, adding that “it doesn’t matter the circumstances — the loss of a sister is what it’s all about.”
Patricia Fitzgerald is set to be laid to rest Friday in Gardner, Kansas following a ceremony at Divine Mercy Parish, according to her obituary. She is survived by her longtime husband, Terry Fitzgerald. The obit makes no mention of her daughter.
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