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article imageJury finds mom guilty of killing her toddler

By Nikki Weingartner     Feb 2, 2009 in Crime
Jurors in the Riley Sawyer's murder case found the 20-year-old mom guilty of Capital Murder in relation to her part in the toddler's 2007 death. Kimberly Dawn Trenor was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
It took the 12-member jury less than two hours to convict Kimberly Dawn Trenor of Capitol Murder in the 2007 death of her 2-year-old daughter, Riley. The death penalty was not on the table, however, Trenor received an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole.
There was only one defense witness in the case, a co-worker of Trenor's husband, Royce Clyde Zeigler II. Scott Estes told jurors in a Houston news story that:
he overheard Zeigler at work speaking angrily to his wife on the phone, and that he saw Trenor act depressed during a company picnic that occurred after Riley's death
This testimony followed an unsuccessful attempt to place Zeigler on the stand. Each time the defense attorney asked Zeigler questions, outside of a jury presence, he invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.
Trenor admitted to taking part in the abuse session of her daughter but claimed that Zeigler threw the little girl, which caused the fatal blow. The Galveston County Medical Examiner testified that a "reasonable person" could have seen the toddler was in need of medical attention. The defense team believed that capital murder would have been a virtually impossible outcome in this case as Trenor wasn't believed to have directly killed the child.
Similarities of the story were compared to the Caylee Anthony case in a recent article on Digital Journal.
Zeigler will be tried at a later date.
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