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Jonell K Lloyd accused of killing 18-month-old daughter goes on trial

The Wichita Eagle
June 30, 2009

WICHITA - Jury selection begins today in the trial of Jonell K. D. Lloyd, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 18-month-old daughter, Chavira Brown, last summer.

The toddler's body was found on the morning of Aug. 1 in the attic of the house Lloyd shared with his girlfriend and his other child, police said.

He had reported the child missing from a park the night before, but police said they found no evidence that the girl had wandered off.

Her body was found as police searched the house where her mother had dropped her off before going to the hospital for surgery, police said.

For more background reports from The Wichita Eagle:
1. Suspect in Baby's death was fugitive, Tim Potter,
2. Man Charged with murder in girl's death, Stan Finger,
3. Homicide suspect surrendered quietly, Stan Finger,
4. Suspect arrested in death of girl, 1, Joe Rodriguez
5. Police: Girl's death is homicide, Stan Finger
9. Officers at fugitie's door days before baby's death, Tim Potter

Wichita Eagle,

June 30, 2009

Chavira Brown may still have been alive when the 18-month-old was stuffed into trash bags and put in the attic.

That's what medical examiners determined during an autopsy last year. Today, the toddler's father, Jonell Lloyd goes on trial accused of first-de gree murder.

Testimony is expected to begin at 9 a.m. in front of Sedgwick County District Judge Jeff Goering.
Lawyers spent Monday questioning and selecting people to serve on the jury.
Prosecutors say Chavira died as a result of child abuse.

A crime-scene investigator found the toddler's body on Aug. 1, 2008, in the attic of the house where Lloyd lived at 15th and Green.

The girlfriend, Temeika Loudermilk, testified in a preliminary hearing last fall that she saw Lloyd spank and choke Chavira for wetting her diaper.

Lloyd also fathered Loudermilk's son, who was 10 months old at the time.

Jessica Jackson, Chavira's mother, said Lloyd told her he'd lost the girl at the park. Jackson previously testified she left the child with Lloyd while she had minor surgery.

Lloyd, meanwhile, had been wanted by police for not returning to a residential center nine months earlier, where he was serving part of his probation on a conviction of aggravated battery.
In that case, Lloyd had shot Loudermilk in the foot in January 2007.
The trial is expected to last through the end of the week.

Thanks to Chavira's auntie who reminded me the trial had begun!! I'm so sorry for what your family is going through.

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