Youthful offender status denied in Opelika manslaughter case

A judge has denied youthful offender status for 18 year old Efernia Mclendon. The defense requested youthful offender status, which would have allowed the teen to avoid trial and serve up to three years in prison.  After considering a mental evaluation, an IQ test, school records and test scores the Judge state this in the order: "The defendant was basically enrolled in a standard high school curriculum and was not enrolled in any type of special education or remedial classes.  After considering all relative factors the court is of the opinion, youthful offender status should be denied."

She allegedly left her newborn outside her families' apartment, where it died in the cold February weather.

The trial could be next month.