Jury selection continues in Linn County murder trial

Testimony could start Tuesday afternoon

Trish Mehaffey
Published: December 3 2012 | 4:57 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 2:55 am in
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CEDAR RAPIDS - Jury selection continues Tuesday in the murder trial of Zyriah Schlitter, who is accused in the death of his 17-month-old child in 2010.

First Assistant Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks will continue individual questioning of potential jurors who said they had knowledge or had heard about the case in the news at 9 a.m.  in Linn County District Court. Once the individual questioning is completed, the defense will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Testimony could start in the afternoon.  The trial is expected to last more than two weeks.

Schlitter, 25, of Cedar Rapids, charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment, is accused in toddler Kamryn Schlitter's death March 28, 2010. According to investigators, Kamryn suffered a subdural hematoma on the left side of her head and severe bruising on her neck, chin, underarms and her chest. She died of severe head trauma.

A judge ruled last week statements Schlitter voluntarily made to investigators in three interviews before they arrested and charged him will be allowed at trial. In the interviews, investigators ask  Schlitter how Kamryn got the injuries, including brain hemorrhaging and severe bruising on her body, but Schlitter says he can't explain the injuries.

Schlitter's ex-girlfriend, Amy Jo Parmer, 29, of Hiawatha,  is also charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment. Her trial is set Jan. 14, 2013.

According to the criminal complaint, Schlitter and Parmer, either individually or jointly, inflicted the fatal injuries to Kamryn, knowingly permitted the other co-defendant to abuse her and/or failed to protect the child from the other co-defendant.

Reporter Trish Mehaffey will provide live coverage from the courtroom of the trial when testimony begins. Viewers can participate by posting comments and asking her questions.

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