Man accused of killing step-grandson

May 27, 2010 9:27:58 AM PDT
A Lubbock man has been charged with capital murder over the March 2009 death of a baby in his care. Police Capt. Greg Stevens says the child was the step-grandson of Clifford Wade Coles.

Coles was in the Lubbock County Jail on Thursday, with bail set at $500,000.

Electronic jail records had no attorney listed for Coles, who was booked early Wednesday over the death of 11-month-old Shawn Patrick Smith. An autopsy determined the boy suffered blunt force injuries.

Coles was indicted Tuesday by a Lubbock County grand jury. Prosecutors have not said whether they will seek the death penalty.


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