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Jury set in murder trial of local mom

Kipp accused of killing infant daughter last year

POSTED: October 23, 2012 11:59 p.m.

Attorneys selected a jury Tuesday in the trial of a mother accused of slaying her 18-month-old.

Deanna Renee Kipp was indicted last year in Kaylee Kipp’s June 2011 death, and she faces one count of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, five counts of cruelty to a child in the first degree and one count each of aggravated assault and cruelty to a child in the second degree.

Last month, a new bill of indictment charged Deanna Kipp with concealing the death of another and providing false statements to police in two separate interviews.

Autopsy reports showed Kaylee Kipp died as the result of several blows to the head. Police say Deanna Kipp and Stephen Clark West, her boyfriend, are responsible.

In August, Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller sentenced West to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 20 years.

During jury selection, Hall County’s chief assistant district attorney Lindsay Burton asked potential jurors whether they spanked their children as punishment. She also asked whether a belt or switch was used instead of a hand.

Burton also questioned potential jurors on any deaths in the family and their experience with 911.

Public Defender Travis A. Williams asked about church memberships as well as civic and social groups. He also sought information on charitable contributions. Both sides inquired about any previous experience with drug use.


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