Man accused of killing toddler set for trial

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A Texarkana man accused of inflicting blunt force trauma injuries severe enough to kill a 2-year-old boy in 2015 has been scheduled for a jury trial in June.

Michael Moore, 25, appeared Tuesday before 202nd District Judge John Tidwell for a pretrial hearing at the Bi-State Justice Center in Texarkana with First Assistant Public Defender Will Williams. Tidwell scheduled the case for jury selection June 19.

Moore faces five to 99 years or life in prison if found guilty of first-degree murder in the Nov. 21, 2015, death of KaDerious King. The boy was initially thought to have been the victim of a fatal choking incident but an autopsy allegedly revealed he died of blunt force injuries to his head and trunk, according to a probable cause affidavit. The boy was transported via ambulance from a home in the 1000 block of Waterall Street to a local hospital where he died of his injuries.

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Moore was allegedly the only person with access to the toddler at the time he was injured. Moore is currently being held in the Bowie County jail.

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