- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - The retrial of a man accused in the December 2006 death of a 5-year-old Etowah County boy continued Tuesday with testimony from the boy’s teenage sister and other witnesses.

Kevin Andre Towles is charged with capital murder in the death of Geontae Glass. Al.com (https://bit.ly/1PNeW0e ) reported that the boy’s 16-year-old sister Shaliyah, said she, her brother and their mother, Shalinda Glass, were at Towles’ house and she last saw Geontae alert and conscious when Towels took him outside.

Prosecutors have said the boy was punished for receiving an evaluation at school that said his behavior was satisfactory but needed improvement.

“G has to pay for something,” Shaliyah Glass said Towels told her as he took Geontae outside. She testified that Towels came back inside, laid Geontae on the floor of another room and said he was asleep.

Shaliyah Glass testified that when she got in her mother’s car the next day before school, Geontae was already dressed and in the car - but was slumped over and still appeared to be asleep.

The two stopped at a gas station and left the boy in the car, she said. The car was gone when they came out.

Prosecutors have said Towels and the boy’s mother staged a car theft and kidnapping at the gas station to try concealing his death.

Shalinda Glass pleaded guilty to murder in 2012. Prosecutors have said she wasn’t involved in the boy’s beating. However prosecutors have said she failed to get medical care that could have saved the boy’s life and covered up his death.

Prosecutors have said Towels got out of a nearby truck and took the woman’s car. The boy’s body was later found wrapped in a blanket in the trunk at a house that Towels owned.

Towles’s friend, Bobby Spidell, testified that Towels had asked him for a ride to the gas station early in the morning before Shalinda Glass reported her car stolen.

In September 2014, the Alabama Supreme Court overturned Towles’ conviction in the case, saying testimony from the man’s son was improper and prejudiced the trial. The jury recommended a death sentence for Towels in the first trial.

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