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MI KATHERINE PHILLIPS: Missing from Ludington, MI - 29 June 2011 - Age 4 months *Dad GUILTY of murder*

Discussion in 'Missing 2010 to 2014' started by walkie-talkie, May 5, 2016.

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    Dad of long-vanished Baby Kate gets murder trial date. There's still no body

    LUDINGTON, MI – Sean Michael Phillips has finally been scheduled for a murder trial in the presumed death of his infant daughter, Katherine Phillips, who's been missing nearly five years now.
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    Phillips' jury trial on a charge of open murder, expected to last 15 days, has been scheduled to start Sept. 26, according to a Mason County Circuit Court clerk. Phillips has a final pretrial conference set for 1 p.m. Sept. 6.

    With a charge of open murder, juries have the options of acquittal or conviction of either first-degree murder, second-degree murder or in some cases manslaughter.

    The trial will be in front of Mason County District Judge Peter Wadel. Wadel once dismissed the murder case after a district-court preliminary hearing but, after he was overruled, later assigned Phillips' murder trial to himself, acting as Mason County's chief judge. District judges don't normally handle felony trials, but Wadel made that self-appointment because the county's other judges have conflicts in the Phillips case.

    Phillips, formerly of the Scottville area, is already serving a prison term of 10 to 15 years for unlawful imprisonment of his daughter. A Mason County jury convicted him of that in April 2012.

    His earliest possible release date is June 29, 2021. He could stay in prison until June 2026 if the parole board doesn't release him sooner.

    http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2016/05/dad_of_long-vanished_baby_kate.html
     
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    Allow me to jump back on my soap box again and scream " NO BODY, NO PAROLE!".
     
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    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 2h2 hours ago Mason County Courthouse
    Prosecutor: Baby Kate was not Sean Phillips' little girl, she was his "dirty little secret."

    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 2h2 hours ago
    Prosecutor: Sean Phillips wanted to abort then put Kate up for adoption.

    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 2h2 hours ago Ludington, MI
    Prosecutor: Sean Phillips did not want the burden of a second daughter with Ariel Courtland. She is expected to testify today.

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 2h2 hours ago
    Says Sean drove to DHS with Ariel and #babykate to pressure adoption

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 2h2 hours ago
    Says Ariel left #babykate in car with Phillips only to see they took off
     
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    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 2h2 hours ago
    Says no one could reach Phillips or his mother moments after he drove off

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 2h2 hours ago
    Says after 1:17 Phillips went 'off the grid' for two hours

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 2h2 hours ago
    Says Phillips told mom #babykate was with Ariel. Calls that a lie

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 2h2 hours ago
    Says when police arrived things did not seem right with Phillips at parents house

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 2h2 hours ago
    Says Phillips kept saying baby was with Ariel, but then said 'im not telling you everything'
     
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    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 2h2 hours ago
    Pendegast notes #babykates clothes, car seat, diaper bag all found with Phillips

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 2h2 hours ago
    Says Phillips told inmate 'i got rid of baby and they'll never find it'

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 2h2 hours ago
    Says letter by Phillips lays out his version of events

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 2h2 hours ago
    Says Phillips in his own words admitted to killing

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 2h2 hours ago
    Pendegast says she wants verdict to show Phillips is guilty for 'elimination of life'
     
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    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 2h2 hours ago
    Now Phillips attorney opens

    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 2h2 hours ago Mason County Courthouse
    Defense attorney David Glancy (left) says prosecution will not be able to prove Baby Kate is dead.

    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 2h2 hours ago Ludington, MI
    Defense says even if jury believes Kate is dead, there is not sufficient proof of premeditation

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 2h2 hours ago
    Glancey asks jury to not confuse issues with emotions

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 2h2 hours ago
    Says letter is in no way proof of what happened and there's no way to prove premeditation
     
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    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 2h2 hours ago Ludington, MI
    Defense says Phillips didn't know Kate was still in the car when he left. At most, her death was accidental, Glancy says.

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 2h2 hours ago
    Says Phillips never made threats to Ariel

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 2h2 hours ago
    Says Ariel was fully in on adoption or abortion plans

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 2h2 hours ago
    Says Ariel would regularly call Sean and he would shut phone off often. Counters 'off the grid' argument'
     
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    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 1h1 hour ago Ludington, MI
    Baby Kate's mom, Ariel Courtland, says she started dating Sean Phillips when she was 14.

    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 1h1 hour ago Mason County Courthouse
    Courtland says Phillips' parents are like her second parents. Says they take her other daughter for visits.

    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 1h1 hour ago Mason County Courthouse
    Courtland was 15 when she became pregnant with Kate's older sister. She said Phillips was almost 18.

    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 1h1 hour ago Mason County Courthouse
    Phillips and Courtland battled over custody of Kate's older sister, mom testifies

    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 57m57 minutes ago Mason County Courthouse
    Phillips said Courtland was trying to ruin his life with pregnancy, mom testifies. Talked about abortion. "I was more pro-life."
     
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    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 55m55 minutes ago Mason County Courthouse
    Courtland says Phillips gave her $60 toward abortion. She says she used it for baby supplies.

    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 54m54 minutes ago Ludington, MI
    They also talked about adoption, Courtland says

    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 51m51 minutes ago Ludington, MI
    She said they talked about adopting Kate out of Grand Rapids to hide it from Phillips parents and to keep baby farther away.

    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 43m43 minutes ago
    Phillips was not present for Kate's birth. Kate was given his last name, but he is not listed as father on birth certificate.

    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 42m42 minutes ago Mason County Courthouse
    Courtland said she told Phillips family members that he was the father of her unborn child

    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 35m35 minutes ago Mason County Courthouse
    Courtland talks lovingly of the man accused of killing her daughter
     
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    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 1h1 hour ago
    Says Sean wanted to get rights to Ariels first daughter Haley...says she objected

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 1h1 hour ago
    Says first daughter was used by her and Sean as ploy while arguing

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 1h1 hour ago
    Says police often called to resolve custody issues

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 48m48 minutes ago
    Ariel not emotional as she is shown #Babykate picture and birth certificate

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 46m46 minutes ago
    Ariel says Sean had no legal custody

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 20m20 minutes ago
    Ariel says she did not tell Sean she was filing paternity paperwork
     
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    SEAN PHILLIPS TRIAL | DAY 1 - PART 1
     
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    SEAN PHILLIPS TRIAL | DAY 1 - PART 2
     
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    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 2h2 hours ago Mason County Courthouse
    More than an hour late, court resumes in Baby Kate murder trial. No explanation offered.

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 1h1 hour ago
    Ariel now recalling moments she went back to house and says Sean drove off

    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 1h1 hour ago
    Baby Kate's mom said she left Kate with her father in a car to get a stroller to get DNA test. When she got back car was gone.

    Barton Deiters ‏@ReporterBartonD 1h1 hour ago Ludington, MI
    Courtland said she drove around looking for Phillips and Kate. Phillips did not answer his cell phone. Prosecutor says he turned it off.

    David Lyden ‏@dmlyden9and10 57m57 minutes ago
    Ariel says she never intended to marry Sean in prison but thought it would be a way they could talk.
     
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