Perez Court Martial: Pre Trial Proceedings Day 2

Published 10/16 2013 10:19PM

Updated 10/18 2013 11:04PM

Court came to an end earlier this evening in the court-martial of U-S Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Perez. He is accused of not reporting child neglect when he was living with Tiffany Klapheke. Her daughter, 22 month old Tamryn, died as a result of the alleged neglect.

Day two of the pretrial proceedings didn't last long. To start, perez decided to let a judge hear his case instead of a jury. The judge presiding over the case ruled on two motions presented by the defense. He decided to allow video interviews of Perez conducted by multiple agencies, including the Abilene police department, child protective services and Dyess family services. The defense wanted the videos thrown out. They argued while Abilene PD read Perez his Miranda Rights, he should have also been read or made aware of his Article 31 rights, which is specific military law. After viewing 26 photos taken of the Klapheke children, including one taken during Tamryn Klapheke's autopsy, the judge decided to allow about half of the pictures to be shown during the court martial. Some of those pictures show injuries Tiffany Klapheke's other two young children sustained.

Now, the judge is reviewing a six hour interrogation interview with Tiffany Klapheke conducted by the Abilene Police Department. The defense wants only three statements Klapheke made in the video to be submitted for evidence. Today, the proceeding ended after court was reconvened following a delay. In one sentence -- she admits she hid the children multiple times because she didn't want them to be taken away. In another -- Klapheke denies telling Perez about what the children were going through at the home. She then goes on to say the children--- including 22-month old Tamryn --- were underweight their entire lives. But the prosecution argues that the statements could be taken out of context, unless the entire six hours of interrogation are watched.

Court will reconvene tomorrow morning. The judge is expected to decide on how much, if any, of the video will be allowed.

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