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Court clears way for trial for Sean Phillips in Baby Kate case

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LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — The trial of a man accused of killing his infant daughter is clear to move forward after the Michigan Supreme Court declined to get involved in a dispute about the judge.

The court issued an order Wednesday saying it wouldn’t hear an appeal by Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette that sought to replace Judge Peter Wadel.

Katherine Phillips, known as “Baby Kate,” disappeared in 2011 in the Ludington area, about 80 miles northwest of Grand Rapids. Her father, Sean Phillips, is charged with murder. Phillips is serving a 10-year prison sentence for unlawful imprisonment in Kate’s disappearance.

The case originally was dismissed by Wadel, who found insufficient proof Kate was killed. Her body hasn’t been found.

The murder case earlier was upheld.

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1 Comment

  • Jack

    Sean if you didn’t kill the baby you’d better start talking and tell people where the kid is. It’s the only way to make this trial go away. You will spend the rest of your life in prison. If by some snowballs chance you do get off from the murder charge, Do NOT expect a hometown hero’s welcome when you show up here. Don’t show up here again. You will get lynched. You will suffer a fate worse than the daughter you murdered. And that is only if you are shown mercy.