Follow Gazette reporter Trish Mehaffey’s live blog from the courtroom for 9 a.m. opening statements today in the Amy Parmer murder trial.
A jury was seated late Wednesday following nearly three days of jury selection. The trial is expected to last three weeks.
Parmer, 29, of Hiawatha, is charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death. Parmer is accused in the death of 17-month-old Kamryn Schlitter, who died of blunt force head injuries March 28, 2010, according to a criminal complaint.
According to the prosecution’s theory, Parmer, along with ex-boyfriend Zyriah Schlitter, 26, both inflicted Kamryn’s physical abuse or each knew of the other’s abuse and did nothing to stop it the last month of her life, while Schlitter, Kamryn’s father, had sole custody of the child.
Zyriah Schlitter of Cedar Rapids was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment resulting in death last December. He is serving 50 years in prison.