Katie Stockton/Baby Crystal Case Update: Skeletons in Trunk Can't be Used as Evidence

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Big news in the Baby Crystal case today: as you may remember, Katie Stockton is accused of leaving her infant daughter to freeze to death on the side of the road. Now a judge says two other infant skeletons which were found in the trunk of her car are not admissible as evidence.

Today a judge ruled two other infant skeletons, which were found in the trunk of her car, and born after baby crystal are not admissible as evidence because they might influence the jury. Prosecutors haven't been able to bring charges for the other two children because there's not enough evidence to prove the babies were born alive.

Prosecutors will be able to tell a jury Stockton had been pregnant before and hid the pregnancy from her friends and family. They'll have to prove Baby Crystal was born alive and Stockton intended to kill her. So far Stockton has never admitted she's the baby's mother, but prosecutors say they have DNA evidence.

Today defense attorneys argued that calling the infant "Baby Crystal or Crystal Doe" is inflammatory because the name crystal refers to the baby being frozen, but the judge said he doesn't see any problem with the name.

Question: What about a jury? How in the world will they be able to find an impartial jury at this point?

Answer: They actually talked about that today in court. The concern is that when people say what they know about the case other potential jurors will hear and the whole jury pool will get tainted.
So it sounds like they will interview potential jurors one on one when they finally get to it. Today the August trial date was pushed back indefinitely.


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