Kimberly Lucas gets January trial date for 2014 drowning of 2-year-old

Kimberly Lucas sits in court Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 during a hearing to check on the status of her 1st degree murder trial. Lucas is accused of drowning her 2-year-old daughter Elliana Lucas-Jamason, along with the attempted murder of her son, Ethan, then 10. At the time of the killing Lucas was estranged from Jacquelyn Jamason, the children’s biological mother and her former partner. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Kimberly Lucas sits in court Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 during a hearing to check on the status of her 1st degree murder trial. Lucas is accused of drowning her 2-year-old daughter Elliana Lucas-Jamason, along with the attempted murder of her son, Ethan, then 10. At the time of the killing Lucas was estranged from Jacquelyn Jamason, the children’s biological mother and her former partner. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

A January trial date has been set for a Jupiter woman who will likely argue she was legally insane more than two years ago  when she drowned the two-year-old girl she shared with her estranged partner and tried to kill their 10-year-old son.

Kimberly Lucas’ Jan. 26 trial date was set in a hearing before Circuit Judge Charles Burton on Monday, a day after Lucas turned 43 years old while behind bars at the Palm each County Jail.

She’s been there since May 2014, after the drowning death of 2-year-old Elliana Lucas-Jamason and attempted murder of Ethan Lucas-Jamason.

Lucas and Jacquelyn Jamason, the children’s biological mother, had been together for more than 20 years and joined together in a 2001 civil union, but were estranged at the time of the killing. Jamason has said that Lucas suffered from complications from gastric bypass surgery and had subsequently developed a prescription drug problem that contributed to their split.

Lucas first announced that she would be pursuing an insanity defense more than a year ago, after her family hired private defense attorneys Heidi Perlet and Marc Shiner. Now represented by the public defender’s office, her defense at next year’s trial will still be that she suffers from dissociative identity disorder and one of her alters killed Elliana.

Lucas’ case has also been caught in the legal morass surrounding Florida’s death penalty laws.

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