published: Friday, October 11, 2013
Jury selection starts Monday in King trial
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
SEBRING -- Jury selection will begin Monday morning at the Highlands County Courthouse for the trial of Christopher Sneed King, 34.
King was arrested last September following the death of his 24-month-old daughter, Amelia King.
The toddler suffered from a heat stroke after being left in a vehicle for "an extended period of time" at the family's home in Spring Lake.
King has been held in Highlands County jail without bond since his arrest. King, a divorced father of two, faces charges of aggravated manslaughter of a child and child neglect resulting in great bodily harm.
The high temperature on on Sept. 7 of last year, the day Amelia died, was in the low 90s. It was around 2:15 when 911 operators received a call about CPR being in progress on Amelia. Paramedics responded, but were unable to save her.
According to arrest reports, King told investigators that his 4-year-old son put Amelia in the truck while he was inside his home at 507 Ryan Road. The son, however, reportedly told investigators that King took the children to the store to get a lighter and left Amelia in the truck for a "long time."
During Wednesday morning's pre-trial conference the state and defense teams spoke briefly regarding the case and its expected witnesses.
A forensic meteorologist and a medical examiner are two of the witnesses who will very likely testify in the case.
The trial could begin as early as Tuesday.
Defense attorney Shirley Whitsitt is representing King, who was present during Wednesday's pre-trial hearing.
Judge William Sikes will preside over the trial.
Jury Selection (by: Guest - 10/11/2013)
Pick me, pick me
Double Damned (by: Blindman~ - 10/11/2013)
To leave your child in a hot car is unforgivable, to blame your other child for your own mistake is unbelievable!
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