NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- A judge has refused to dismiss the murder charge brought against a Florida woman accused of killing her young son more than 20 years ago in New Jersey.

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In a ruling issued late Wednesday afternoon, state Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves rejected a defense lawyer's request to throw out the indictment against Michelle Lodzinski. She faces a life sentence if convicted.

Lodzinski was living in Florida last year when authorities arrested her in the 1991 killing of 5-year-old Timothy Wiltsey. She was long considered a possible suspect in her son's disappearance and death.

She's pleaded not guilty and remains jailed on $2 million bail.

Lodzinski's lawyer argued there was no physical evidence linking her to the death. But the judge found that Middlesex County prosecutors had provided enough circumstantial evidence.

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