After years of delays, the Katie Stockton case passes it's last hurdle before trial. A Winnebago County judge heard what is suppose to be the final pre-trial hearing giving a little more insight on what the state will be presenting.
Things like the hypothermia and frost bite the baby suffered before her death will be gone over in detail.
Katie Stockton is accused of leaving her baby Crystal to die on a Winnebago County road in 2004. Stockton was not charged with the death until 2009. She now faces 12 first degree murder charges.
A judge granted permission to show the jury pictures of exactly what hypothermia and frost bite look like on the dead baby's body. The defense objected to the number of photos being shown saying having so many will just provoke the jury's emotions. The judge did not allow all of the photos in, but the jury will get an up-close look at pictures of Baby Crystal's body during the autopsy.
The judge also granted the state's ability to define what live birth, born alive and live born mean. It's important because in Illinois if you can't prove a baby is born alive there is no murder. The whole case could come down to which expert on that fact the jury believes.
The state thinks part of Stockton's defense will be she did not know she was pregnant. Prosecutors plan to go into detail with fertility doctors and what was happening to both the baby and to Stockton during her pregnancy.
The autopsy done in 2004 concluded that Baby Crystal was alive and that she froze to death. It was also proven through DNA that Stockton is Crystal's mother. Whether the defense will bring in their own witnesses to argue against either of those will not be know until the trial.
The trial is set to start February 25th. Stockton faces between 20 years to natural life. She has pleaded not guilty.
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