Kathy Phillips' murder trial continues in LaPorte

The trial continues today for Kathy Phillips, 31, who is facing murder charges and neglect of a dependent.

Testimony began Wednesday morning in Phillip's trial. Phillips has continued to deny ever being pregnant. But in opening statements Wednesday, the defense wouldn't deny or confirm a pregnancy; rather, they insisted Kathy would not murder her own infant. The defense suggested the baby was stillborn. Phillip’s defense attorney also asked the jury to consider the fact that there's a chance Kathy could have lied about not being pregnant.

During the prosecutor’s opening statements, jurors were told they’d hear from a DNA expert who says Kathy and Garry Phillips are the biological parents of the baby found at the crime scene.

The prosecution also says they have evidence that the trash bag the baby was found in matched other garbage bags that were found in a container in the Phillip’s attic. The garbage bags were obtained using a search warrant of the Phillip’s family home. The prosecutor also says they have evidence which showed Kathy Phillips was not taking birth control during the year before the baby was born.

Meantime, during cross examination of a deputy coroner, the defense points out that the baby’s death was ruled “undetermined”, not homicide.

Besides the coroner, jurors also heard from several sheriff’s deputies and detectives, who were at the crime scene when the baby was discovered.

More witnesses are expected to testify when the trial resumes Thursday morning at 8:30 C.S.T.


Remote Reporter
Sarah Platt, WNDU
Reporting via cell phone through Twitter.com.

  • 04:23 PM Judge adjourned court for the day (about 4:00 C.S.T.). Court resumes tomorrow at 8:30 am C.S.T.

  • 02:53 PM Raymer off. Det. Cicero on the stand.

  • 02:39 PM Bernard down. Det. Mike Raymer on the stand.

  • 02:29 PM Break over. Sgt Roger Bernard is on the stand.

  • 02:15 PM Deputy coroner off of the stand. Judge calls quick break.

  • 01:44 PM Det. Short off stand. Deputy County Coroner on the stand now.

  • 01:08 PM Det. Short, LaPorte Co. Sheriff's Dept., on the stand.

  • 01:05 PM Jury is back. Court back in session.

  • 01:01 PM Judge has returned to court. Waiting on jury.

  • 11:44 AM Judge calls for lunch break. Jury asked to come back at 1 PM C.S.T.

  • 11:12 AM Reporter back in court. A witness detective is on the stand.

  • 10:44 AM Reporter stepping out of courtroom for live spot in noon newscast. Tune into WNDU TV.

  • 10:39 AM Prosecution shows jury photos of Phillip's property and deceased baby.

  • 10:28 AM Jury back, proceedings continue.

  • 10:02 AM Judge calls for break.

  • 09:48 AM Correction! Defense says they have evidence that baby may have been stillborn.

  • 09:35 AM LaPorte County Sherriff's Deputy on the witness stand, talks about his response to the alleged crime scene.

  • 09:29 AM Prosecution says they have medical evidence that baby may have been stillborn.

After two full days of jury selection, initial statements are expected to be read today. Testimony will begin once those statements are finished.

In March of 2006, Kathy’s husband, Garry Phillips, found the body of a baby girl wrapped in a towel in a plastic bag near Phillips’ house.

She was arrested in October of 2006.

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

Several witnesses are expected to be called during the trial including character witnesses, police detectives, and DNA experts.

Stay with NewsCenter 16 throughout the day as we bring you continuous updates from the courthouse.


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