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    http://www.reporternews.com/story/ne...orn/101563096/

    Amber Craker's trial is scheduled to begin June 12 in the 42nd District Court.

    She will be tried separately from her boyfriend, Damian Cate, who also was indicted in the killing, Judge James Eidson decided Thursday in a pretrial hearing.

    Cate's trial is set to start July 17 in the 42nd District Court.

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    Trial Date Postponed for Abilene Mother Accused of Killing Newborn

    http://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/ne...born/735664474

    Amber Craker, 19, was initially set to stand trial for Murder and Tampering with Evidence (Human Corpse) on June 12, 2017, but Thursday, her case was postponed to an undetermined date for an undisclosed reason.

    Her alleged co-conspirator, Damian Cate, 23, is facing the same charges, but no trial date has been set for his case.

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    http://www.ktxs.com/news/abilene-cou...lty3/587243556

    The state filed a motion Friday morning in Taylor County to refrain from seeking the death penalty in the case of an Abilene couple accused of killing their newborn baby.

    Damian Cate, 24, and Amber Craker, 20, were originally charged with murder.

    On July 6, an unsealed indictment revealed an upgraded charge of capital murder.
    Craker’s court records show she has a jury trial set for Sept. 25. Cate's trial date hasn't been set.

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    The Uncle (Christopher Craker) has to be the father of the baby for her to hate it that much and to not even think of placing it in a safe haven. I have no doubt the uncle would have been sexually abusing her all her life. She is probably the victim in the 2006 charges, and he was still continuing to abuse her. Christopher Craker should be in prison.

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    Jury selection to begin Monday in Abilene newborn murder trial

    http://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/ne...rial/813551144

    Jury selection for the trial of an Abilene mother accused of killing her newborn moments after birth in January of 2016 will begin Monday.

    Amber Craker, 19, is set to stand trial for Murder and Tampering with Evidence (Human Corpse) beginning on October 2, 2017, but since her case is so high-profile, jury selection is happening a week before the trial.

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    Jury selected for trial of Abilene woman accused of murdering newborn

    http://www.ktxs.com/news/jury-select...rial/626716235

    A jury of six men and six women will determine if 20-year-old Amber Craker is guilty of murder and tampering with evidence after the death of her newborn daughter.

    The 12, along with one female alternate, were selected Tuesday at the Taylor County Courthouse for Craker's trial, Taylor County District Attorney James Hicks said.

    The trial is scheduled to start Monday.

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    Craker murder trial Day 1: Accused mother in tears as photos of dead newborn shown

    Wallace McDaniel is a near 30-year member of the Abilene Police Department and has scoured through many crime scenes to collect evidence, including the high-profile murder case of Philip and Violet Walter. He got the notification at about 10:30 a.m. on Jan.18 to head to Craker's house at 441 S. 25th St.

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    Prosecutors continued to scroll through pictures and the motif was blood spatter. Blood spots were visible in the bathroom on the bathtub, floor, and trash can, all within feet of each other. The trail continued from the bedroom along a door, and led to the bed. McDaniel would testify that this was Craker's bedroom.

    Blood spatters permeated the floor of the bed next to it, and while the mattress appeared to be clean on top, police flipped the mattress and found blood stains respective to where the stains on the floor were.

    But at the foot of the bed were two objects surrounded by blood that would soon be shown to jurors: a pair of scissors and an unfolded knife.
    He told jurors he retrieved the bathroom trash can and took it to the staging area where a tarp was set up near the house.

    Items were removed in layers, and McDaniel said they found Ashley's body about a third of the way inside.

    The 12 men and women and one alternate who were selected to serve in this case knew what the trial would entail before opening statement started.

    But the image of a dead baby, stabbed multiple times and laying among bathroom trash was enough to draw delayed reactions throughout the courtroom. Nobody audibly gasped when the first pictures were shown on a monitor in the courtroom as McDaniel described the crime scene. But within moments, several jurors sunk their heads in their hands, and sniffles that weren't present in the courtroom beforehand suddenly became contagious among those in attendance.

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    Craker murder trial Day 2: 'I killed my own ... child'

    At about 9 p.m. on Jan. 18, APD detectives returned to Amber Craker's hospital room for a third interview to discuss details after Ashley's body was found in the bathroom trash can.

    A detective told Craker "You will never have a conversation as important as the one we're having right now."

    "The baby was never gonna fit down the toilet," a detective said before asking Craker what she did with Ashley's body.

    "My baby is seriously hurt and I didn't mean to hurt it or kill it," Craker said in the interview. "I did not mean to hurt my child."
    But the first half of the interview was made moot when detectives said they didn't believe her story and she broke down into a confession. In the recording, Craker says she cut the baby in the bathroom, and apparently made a motion and told detectives, "It was like that."

    "I'm so sorry, I'm such a bad mother, I don't care if I live or die tonight," Craker said while weeping. She then told detectives that if she was at home, she probably would've slit her throat. She brought up suicide multiple times throughout the interview and said she had a history of depression.

    Later, one of the detectives asked Craker to admit how long she knew she was pregnant. Through questioning, she acknowledged that she knew she was pregnant for nine months and didn't have a plan to raise the child. She later said her plan was to place Ashley with another family.

    The detective then dictated a motive at Craker, asking if her first thought was to slice the baby's throat to "shut her up" and make the issue "go away." She said, "Yes, sir." The detective asked if she would say this is murder, and she said yes.

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    Amber Craker found guilty of capital murder, sentenced

    http://www.reporternews.com/story/ne...ion/737005001/

    A Taylor County jury Thursday afternoon found Amber Craker guilty of capital murder and tampering with evidence.

    Craker was sentenced to 19 years on the tampering with evidence charge. She will serve that concurrently with a life sentence for capital murder.

    Taylor County District Attorney James Hicks said after the trial that justice for Ashley Neveah Cate was served.
    Craker, 20, was charged with capital murder, injury to a child and tampering with evidence. Her fiancé, Damian Cate, also is charged with murdering their daughter. His trial has been reset for Jan. 16.
    http://www.ktxs.com/news/craker-murd...ings/632162764

    (In closing arguments) Hicks countered the idea that Ashley may have been stillborn by saying the medical examiner's office only returned an "undetermined" cause of death. But he said all the evidence points to Ashley being alive at birth. He said stillborn babies have macerated skin, which Ashley didn't. He also said premature babies are born with transluscent skin, and pointed out that Ashley's skin was pink.

    Hicks said all of Ashley's vital organs were in good condition.

    Hicks said Craker knew right from wrong, referring to testimony from her special education teacher. He said she only changed her attitude and started "hollering" during the interview when she was "caught in a lie."

    "Baby Ashley's last few minutes at birth are what got her killed," Hicks told the jury, wrapping up his closing argument. He said if Ashley wasn't showing signs of life at birth, there wasn't a reason for Craker to stab her multiple times and "ruin her throat."

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