DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The woman accused of murdering two of her children will plead not guilty by reason of insanity.
Claudena Helton’s attorney filed the notice on Thursday.
Helton will have to undergo a mental evaluation to determine if the plea will be accepted.
She is due back in court on December 1st at 3 p.m.
Helton faces the death penalty for the murders of her 8-year-old daughter Khmorra and her 6-year-old son Kaiden.
She admitted to police that she shot both children in the head and dragging their bodies outside. Both children died three days after being shot.
According to a court affidavit obtained by 2 NEWS, Helton admitted to detectives she shot her two kids to save them from the evils of the world.
A grand jury previously indicted Helton on six counts of murder.
Helton is being held on $1 million bond.