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October 18, 2013

Coming Saturday: Elberta mother eyes book

BEULAH — An Elberta woman may write a book detailing her efforts to raise the autistic daughter authorities allege she tried to kill in a failed murder-suicide.

Kelli Stapleton, 45, remains in a Benzie County jail cell awaiting competency tests to determine if she's mentally fit to stand trial for attempted murder. Authorities allege she tried to kill herself and her daughter Issy, 14, by igniting two charcoal grills in an enclosed van on Sept. 3.

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