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Suspected Attackers of Pregnant Woman Back in Court

By Chelsea KAY, @ChelseaKayTv
Published On: Sep 27 2012 06:41:41 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

A woman and two Marines accused of attacking a pregnant woman on the Sacramento River Trail in Redding were back in court Thursday morning. 

Each of their attorneys entered a not guilty plea and denied special allegation for their clients.

The attorneys waived time to set their trial dates and are scheduled to be back in court on October 11th to set a trial date. Trial is expected to start sometime before February.

Redding Police say the baby's father, Lance Swann, his cousin Erica Swann and fellow Marine, Jeffrey Walton kicked, punched and choked 18-year-old Nicole Vultaggio on the Sacramento River Trail in June. Vulttagio was eight months pregnant at the time with Lance Swann's baby.

Investigators said that they believe Swann plotted the attack against the baby because he didn't want to take responsibility for him.

All three suspects are being charged with attempted murder, conspiracy and robbery and face life in prison.

Erica Swann's mother, Janine Swann, said that Erica is willing to accept her proposed plea deal of 16 years. In order for this to happen, all three suspects would need to accept plea deals.  If they do not all accept, all three would be forced to stand trial.