Prosecutor Seeks Capital Murder Charges
New Evidence Cited
What’s the Evidence and What’s it Mean?
Galveston County District Attorney Kurt Sistrunk is going before the grand jury today to seek capital murder charges against the mother and step-father of little two-year-old Riley Sawyers.
Kimberly Trenor and Royce Zeigler are being held on the lesser charges of injury to a child and tampering with evidence, their bonds, $350,000.
When the couple was arrested Nov. 24, they were not charged with capital murder because the investigation was still under way and DNA evidence had not yet confirmed whether Trenorâ€™s daughter was the body investigators were trying to identify, Sistrunk said. 
The difference between the Injury to a Child charge and Capital Murder is intent.
In a Capital Murder case, which the death penalty can be sought, prosecutors have to prove the defendants did “knowingly and intentionally” kill their victim. The maximum sentence for the “injury to a child” indictment is 99 years. The maximum sentence for Capital Murder, the death penalty. Prosecutor Sistrunk hasn’t revealed if he will seek the death penalty against either defendant if the Galveston County Grand Jury returns with the Capital Murder indictments.
Trenor’s attorney doesn’t agree.
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