LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Nikki James, the 43-year-old mother accused of stabbing her two children to death on May 2, appeared back in Fayette County Circuit Court Friday.

James was indicted Thursday by a grand jury on two counts of murder.

In James’ arraignment hearing Friday, attorneys discussed a motion requested by Assistant Commonwealth’s attorney Todd Willard to collect a DNA sample from James.

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Investigators want to compare her DNA to blood samples gathered from James’ apartment.

James plead not guilty to the murders of her two children, 13-year-old Deon Williams and 5-year-old Skylar Williams on May 12th, the same day Detective Joshua Crowe testified about what Lexington Police discovered they arrived at James’ apartment on Rogers Road.

In an affidavit attached to the motion filed by Willard, Detective Crowe states that investigators collected 16 blood samples from James’ home, including the walls, floors and door handles, the kitchen floor, the trunk of a vehicle nearby the apartment, and a metal stair banister.

Public defenders Bonnie Potter and Sarah Langer agreed to submit James’ samples to be cross-examined with the samples taken from the crime scene.

The motion was granted by Judge Kimberly Bunnell.

James is scheduled to be back in court on September 16 for a status hearing.

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