New Judge Will Hear Killpack Case

New Judge Will Hear Killpack Case


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(Provo-AP) -- A new judge will preside over the case of a Springville couple accused of killing their daughter by forcing her to drink too much water.

Richard and Jennete Killpack are charged with child abuse homicide.

Judge James Taylor in October bound their case over for trial. The Killpacks are challenging that order.

However, because of normal judge rotations, the case left Taylor's docket and was assigned to Judge Steve Hansen.

But he recused himself from the case last week. That's because he found out his law clerk is the roommate of Richard Killpack's supervisor at a software company.

Now the case is assigned to Judge Claudia Laycock. She will hear the Killpack's quash motion on February fourth.

Prosecutors allege the Killpacks killed Cassandra Killpack in June 2002 by forcing her to drink at least two-thirds of a gallon of water as punishment for taking her sister's juice.

Doctors have said the excess water lowered sodium levels in her bloodstream, upset her brain function, and triggered seizures.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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