Jury selection underway for trial of Abilene man accused of killing newborn

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Jury selection is scheduled to begin Friday morning for the trial of an Abilene accused of killing a newborn just moments after birth in January of 2016. 

Damian Cate, 24, is set to stand trial for Capital Murder and Tampering with Evidence Monday – 6 months after the newborn’s mother, Amber Craker, 20, was convicted and sentenced to serve life in prison without chance of parole for the same crimes. 

Craker’s trial began on a Monday and testimony lasted through Wednesday morning, with witnesses such a forensic experts, police detectives, and Abilene ISD faculty giving testimony on what likely happened the day Baby Ashley Craker was killed. 

The trial revealed Baby Ashley’s throat was slit and she was stabbed at least 3 times, wounds Craker claimed were inflicted when her hand slipped while trying to cut the umbilical cord. 

Craker also claimed she was alone during the birth and used a washcloth to mute her screams, though Cate, said he was present and even held the baby for at least 20 minutes after she was born. 

Baby Ashley’s body was eventually found in a trashcan hours after Craker’s parents rushed her to the hospital to receive surgery due to the large amount of bleeding she experienced following the birth. 

BigCountryHomepage will continue to follow this case as Cate proceeds to court. Check back for the latest information. 

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