Little Miss Murder 

A Livermore love triangle. A jealous teen sociopath. A cold-blooded plot. And one of the most chilling crime tales the East Bay has ever seen.

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Mike Simons, who faces two special-circumstance charges for financial gain and lying in wait, could receive the death penalty if convicted. Katie, who recently turned eighteen, faces identical charges but since she was a juvenile at the time of the killing, she isn't eligible for the death penalty. If convicted, she could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

For his role, Jeff Hamilton has been charged with murder and could receive 25 years to life if found guilty. Prosecutors in Alameda County have also filed charges against him for the attempted murder of Aspen Lum. As for Katie, the DA plans to wait for the outcome of the Nannetti murder trial before making any decisions about prosecuting her in the second case. All three have pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

Katie Belflower, now eight months pregnant, is excited about the impending birth and appears to be in complete denial regarding her likely fate. The giggly teenager says she's looking forward to having her mom help with the child-rearing. Prior to her arrest, she and her mom practiced their baby-care skills on Katie's dog. "I want her to raise the baby until I get out. I don't think I could stand having it call someone else 'Mom,'" she said.

Frittering away the long summer days in the San Joaquin County Juvenile Detention Facility, Katie has had a lot of time to think about baby names. If it's a boy, she told detectives, she already has the perfect name in mind: Michael Joseph Simons.

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