Court date for Owens continued in Baby Iris case

Feb. 13—A preliminary hearing date for Aleisea Lynnae Owens, accused in the poisoning death of baby Iris Rita Alfera, has been delayed.

The hearing, scheduled for this afternoon, has been continued until 1 p.m. April 9 in Courtroom 1 of the Lawrence County Courthouse.

The reason for the change is that Owens has secured private counsel, who requested the continuance.

This story will be updated.

dwachter@ncnewsonline.com