- Associated Press - Monday, September 26, 2016

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) - Jury selection is taking place for the trial of a northern Michigan man charged with murder in the disappearance of his infant daughter.

Katherine Phillips, known as “Baby Kate,” disappeared in 2011 in the Ludington area. Defense lawyer David Glancy tells the Ludington Daily News (https://bit.ly/2ddsMbu ) that a defense offer for Sean Phillips to plead guilty to manslaughter was rejected.

Jury selection took place Monday and the trial is expected to take three weeks.

Phillips is serving a 10-year prison sentence for unlawful imprisonment in Kate’s disappearance.

A year ago, the Michigan appeals court said the murder charge could go forward, even if a body hadn’t been found. The court said Phillips’ correspondence with Kate’s mother and other evidence was sufficient to show that the girl’s death was a crime.


Information from: Ludington Daily News, https://www.ludingtondailynews.com

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