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Couple accused of making 5-year-old girl drink soda to death a step closer to trial

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Mary Vaughn (Source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office) Mary Vaughn (Source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office)
Randall Vaughn (Source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office) Randall Vaughn (Source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office)
HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - The people investigators said are responsible for the death of a Hawkins County girl are one step closer to their trial.

Prosecutors say Alexa Linboom, 5, died after being forced to drink two liters of grape soda and water as punishment for taking a grown-up's soda.

Investigators said the punishment Alexa's father Randall Vaughn and his wife, Mary, inflicted on the little girl directly caused her death. According to investigators, on New Year's Day 2012, the Vaughns forced Alexa to drink a lethal amount of fluid. Two days later, she was declared brain dead.

Mary and Randall Vaughn met with their attorneys and Judge John Dugger in his chambers for a pre-trial hearing Wednesday morning, before court began for the day. Because the case is under a gag order and the conference was behind closed doors, very little new information about the case has been made available to the public.

News Channel 11 was able to find out that deadlines were set in Wednesday's meeting for exhibit books to be turned in. The Vaughns' trial date is scheduled for October 20, 2014. We were also able to find out that Randall Vaughn hired a private defense attorney, while his wife Mary is being represented by a public defender.

The Vaughns are charged with Aggravated Child Abuse, Aggravated Child Neglect, and First Degree Murder.

If convicted, they could face the death penalty.

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