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Jury Selection Delayed in Benefield Trial

Jury selection is pushed back until Tuesday, in the trial of a man accused of killing his four-month-old child.

Jury selection is pushed back until Tuesday, in the trial of a man accused of killing his four-month-old child.

The State was scheduled to begin the jury selection process, but it was delayed, so Judge Bob Brotherton could work on some procedural matters for the case.

The trial will find whether or not Brent Allen Benefield is guilty.

He is charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury or death.

Benefield is jailed on a $200,000 bond.

He appeared in 30th district court Monday morning during some final pre-trial motions.

Police say on February 8th, 2012 Benefield's four-month-old baby was found unresponsive and bleeding from the mouth, at a home in the 4300 block of McNiel.

They say Benefield told them he was the only person with the child after his wife left for work that morning.

Benefield told police when he put his son to bed, the infant went limp and started coughing up blood.

The baby was flown to Cook Children's Medical Center, where he died days later.

Reports from doctors found numerous injuries to the child's body, and a brain injury caused by blunt force trauma that resulted in swelling.

Autopsy results showed the cause of the child's death to be homicide.

Benefield's trial is suppose to be pretty lengthy overall.

The State plans to call 25 experts to the witness, and the Defense plans to call five.

Monday's jury selection hold up probably won't mean much in the overall length of the trial, jury selection will begin Tuesday at 8:30 a-m.



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