LUDINGTON, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – A jury in northern Michigan went home without a verdict after a few hours of deliberations in the trial of a man charged with killing his 4-month-old daughter.
Jurors will return Thursday to the courthouse in Mason County.READ MORE: Key Insider: 2 Men Were 'Very Eager' To Kidnap Gov. Whitmer
Sean Phillips is charged with killing Katherine Phillips, known as “Baby Kate,” although her body hasn’t been found. She disappeared five years ago in the Ludington area.
Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday. A judge said there’s not enough evidence for a first-degree murder charge, leaving the jury with second-degree murder or a lesser charge to consider.READ MORE: First Human Case Of West Nile Virus In 2022 Reported In Oakland County
The evidence included a letter written by Phillips that says Kate is in a peaceful place. But defense attorney David Glancy says there’s not enough evidence to show that Kate is dead.
Phillips has been imprisoned since 2012, serving a 10 to 15 year sentence after being convicted of unlawful imprisonment for failing to return Kate to her mother, Ariel Courtland.
Prosecutors have said Phillips took the baby from Courtland because he feared a court-ordered paternity test would show he was the father. Courtland said Phillips wanted to put Kate up for adoption, but she refused.MORE NEWS: MDHHS, MDARD Urge Residents To Monitor For E. Coli Symptoms As Cases Increase In 3 Counties
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