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Nancy Amelia Jackson is seen in an image provided by the Los Angeles Police Department on May 23, 2018.

Nancy Amelia Jackson is seen in an image provided by the Los Angeles Police Department on May 23, 2018.

A woman charged with murder in the killing of a family in Leimert Park in May has pleaded not guilty, officials announced on Tuesday.

Nancy Amelia Jackson, 56, was arrested on May 24, two days after officials said a man went to his father’s home in the 3900 block of South Bronson Avenue to find him and his grandparents dead in the bathroom.

Police initially named Jackson as a possible witness to the crime, saying they managed to track her down in Culver City for questioning.

The victims—Phillip White, 65; his mother, Orsie Carter, 83; and her husband, William Carter, 79—were “piled on each other” with blunt trauma to their heads, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The L.A. County District Attorney’s Office described Jackson as White’s “acquaintance” who had been staying at his home. Police said the woman worked as White’s “caretaker” for about six weeks, and that she had been involved with him romantically.

According to family members, the suspect stayed at the residence after some difficulties but was later asked to leave.

“Something happened there that made [Jackson] perhaps believe that she was going to be forced out,” Capt. Peter Whittingham said at a news conference on May 25. “I think that’s what may have prompted the anger and evil that we saw as a result of her actions.”

Prosecutors charged Jackson with three counts of murder with a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders. She pleaded not guilty on Monday, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Jackson could face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole, the agency said. She was scheduled to return to court on Sept. 17.