MARION, Ill. — A murder trial is under way in southern Illinois for a woman accused of killing her 3-year-old daughter.
Jury selection began Tuesday in the Williamson County trial of 20-year-old Karrae Starr of Herrin. She’s charged with first-degree murder in the September 2008 death of Bianca Starr.
Prosecutors argue that Starr covered her daughter’s mouth and nose with the intent to kill her. Herrin police later found an unresponsive Bianca while responding to a 911 call from an apartment, and the girl was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
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