Rolling Prairie woman to go on trial for murder of newborn

Jury selection began Monday and will continue Tuesday for a Rolling Prairie woman accused of killing her newborn baby girl and abandoning the infant near her home.

31-year-old Kathy Phillips faces murder charges and neglect of a dependent.

Monday 120 people were called in for jury selection at the LaPorte County courthouse. Jurors are being asked to fill out a lengthy questionnaire about their knowledge of the case based on past media reports.

The highly publicized trial has been postponed at least three times.

Currently Phillips is out on a five thousand dollar bond. She could be seen around the LaPorte County courthouse with her husband, Garry, by her side.

March of 2006 Garry Phillip found a dead baby girl wrapped in a plastic bag near Phillips’ house.

She was arrested in October of 2006. The prosecution says DNA evidence shows Kathy and Garry Phillips are the biological parents. Meanwhile they deny being the parents. Kathy says she was never pregnant.

A gag order has been ordered issued by the judge upon the request of the defense attorney.

Several witnesses are expected to be called during the trial including character witnesses, police detectives, and DNA experts. The judge hopes to start opening arguments by Tuesday afternoon.

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