- Associated Press - Friday, June 29, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A man charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of a baby in Minnehaha County wants new lawyers or a chance to represent himself.

Thirty-eight-year-old Keith Cornett told judge at a motions hearing Thursday that he feels his attorneys are unprofessional and are trying to manipulate him into taking a plea deal. The Argus Leader reports Cornett says he wants to go to trial on the charges against him, which include first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and child abuse in the death of his 18-month-old stepson.

Authorities were called to a Dell Rapids home in December 2016 where they found Hayden Wigton unresponsive with traumatic injuries. The toddler could not be revived. An autopsy found six blows to the child’s head and bite marks.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com



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