Death penalty not sought in 'Baby Grace' case

April 17, 2008 4:03:48 AM PDT
Galveston County prosecutors say they won't seek the death penalty against the mother and stepfather of a 2-year-old girl whose body was found in Galveston Bay. The body was eventually identified as that of Riley Ann Sawyers, but the girl was known for weeks only as "Baby Grace."

Kimberly Dawn Trenor and Royce Clyde Zeigler II face capital murder charges in Riley's death, but District Attorney Kurt Sistrunk decided against seeking the death penalty.

Trenor told police she and Zeigler beat and tortured Riley to death July 24th in a disciplinary session that veered out of control. Zeigler's attorney has denied that account, but Trenor said they hid the girl's body in a shed for two months before dumping it in Galveston Bay.

Zeigler's trial begins November 3rd, while Trenor's trial date is expected to be set at a hearing today. The couple is still in the Galveston County Jail with bonds set at $750,000 bond each. Both also face evidence tampering charges.

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