Missouri woman charged in son’s death to stand trial
Friday, July 20, 2012
STOVER, Mo. — A central Missouri woman will stand trial for second-degree murder in the death of her son, who prosecutors believe was abused by the woman’s boyfriend.
After a preliminary hearing Wednesday, a Morgan County judge ruled 26-year-old Jamie Litton could be tried for second-degree murder and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Litton’s boyfriend, 21-year-old Thomas “T.J.” Presley, is also charged with second-degree murder but waived his preliminary hearing.
The two suspects told police Blake Litton of Stover was killed Feb. 16 by a hit-and-run driver along Missouri 135. Investigators said they believe Presley staged the hit-and-run to cover up a beating.
The Sedalia Democrat reports investigators testified Wednesday they found no evidence of a car accident and the boy’s body had many cuts and bruises.