CHILD DEATH CASE Defendant Pleads Not Guilty To Murder In Interstate Child Killing
Reported by: Bob Aaron
Videographer: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Bob Aaron
Reported: May. 29, 2012 5:44 PM EDT
Updated: May. 29, 2012 5:53 PM EDT
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
The judge asked:: "Understand these charges sufficiently to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty?" Ethan Chic-Colbert said "Not guilty, sir." Ethan Chic-Colbert plead not guilty to murder, kidnapping, domestic battery and other charges against him Tuesday.
That drew a visible response from the victim's mother. Chic-Colbert is charged in the death of 11-year-old Jahlil Clements. He died on I-77 last March. He was struck by a car trying to get help for his mother who Chic-Colbert was allegedly beating.
Prosecutors are trying to put Chic-Colbert away for life by using a felony murder charge, They don't have to show premeditation-- only that the defendant was kidnapping the child's mother when the unplanned death took place in a traffic accident.
A mother, a great-grandmother and two grandmothers welcomed charges added to the orginal child neglect death. Grandmother Thomasina Clements said: " Like Ethan stole the most precious gift that God has given me which was my grandchild and I'll never see him go to proms, go to college." His trial is set for July 9.
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