Man pleads not guilty to murder in death of 2-year-old

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A Texarkana man indicted for murder earlier this month by a Bowie County grand jury entered a not guilty plea to murder Monday.

Michael Moore, 25, appeared for arraignment at the Bi-State Justice Center on Monday morning before 202nd District Judge Leon Pesek Jr. Bowie County First Assistant Public Defender Will Williams entered a plea of not guilty to murder on Moore’s behalf.

Moore is accused of causing the death of KaDerious King while babysitting for the child’s mother Nov. 21, according to a probable cause affidavit. Emergency medical personnel who first responded to a call regarding the child believed he was a choking victim but an autopsy showed the young boy died of blunt force trauma injuries.

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Pesek scheduled a pretrial hearing in the case for Oct. 24. A trial date wasn’t set Monday. Moore is currently in Bowie County custody. If found guilty of murder, he faces five to 99 years or life in prison.

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