The website built on behalf of Atty. Tony Liker and accused killer Brenda Stokes appeals for donations. (Website screengrab)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A website built on behalf of a Las Vegas attorney and his client accused in the slaying of a 10-year-girl is appealing for donations for their defense fund.
The website with the words "Brenda Stokes Is Wrongly Accused!" at the top contends prosecutors were quick to charge the woman in Jade Morris' death without considering other suspects.
The webpage tries to list reasons about Stokes' "wrongful" arrest, including the fact that one of the people the defense considers a suspect has a history of domestic violence.
"Virtually everybody's prejudged my client, and they don't know anything about the facts, and the real facts aren't coming out," Stokes' attorney, Tony Liker, who set up the webpage, told FOX5.
In a preliminary hearing earlier this month, Liker specifically pointed at Morris' father as the suspect in the slaying.
In addition, the webpage goes on to explain how DNA found in the car that Stokes was last seen driving had blood that belongs to a male. The author of the page believes an independent DNA lab is needed to test this blood.
"This blood evidence of the mixture of the victim and this man exonerate my client completely," said Liker.
The website goes on to portray Stokes as a victim of domestic violence because of a history with an abusive boyfriend and a father who beat her mother. The author says women who were abused rarely perpetrate violent crimes like Morris' death.
The website makes a plea for donations to hire private investigators and experts, saying the defense is only allotted $500 for these hirings while prosecutors are given unlimited resources and manpower.
A donation link via Paypal is posted at the bottom of the page.
FOX5 reached out to the grandfather of Jade Morris, who said he saw the website but believes the evidence against Stokes will speak for itself during the trial.
Stokes was charged in late December for Morris' death. According to police, Morris was last seen with Stokes, who was a family friend and former girlfriend of the girl's father. They were supposed to go holiday shopping on Dec. 21, police said.
Stokes was arrested later that day after an alleged attack on a co-worker at the Bellagio hotel-casino. Police found Morris' body six days later.
The Clark County Coroner's office said the child was stabbed multiple times as a result of a homicide.
A preliminary hearing for Stokes was set for March 28. She remains held at Clark County Detention Center without bail.
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