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Jury selection to begin for mother accused in son's death

Jury selection to begin for mother accused in son's death

June 24th, 2019 by Lynn LaRowe in Texarkana News

Jury selection is expected to begin Tuesday for the mother of a 4-year-old whose father is serving life in prison for his murder.

Khadijah Wright, 26, is charged with injury to a child by omission in the March 2018 death of D'Money Lewis. D'Money's father, Benearl Lewis, 25, was convicted by a jury of murder last year and sentenced to life in prison.

Khadijah LaShawn Wright

Khadijah LaShawn Wright

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Wright faces five to 99 years or life in prison if found guilty. She allegedly violated a Child Protective Services care plan which prohibited Benearl Lewis from being alone with D'Money or his siblings and which prohibited him from spending the night in the home with the children. Wright is also accused of lying to investigators about how D'Money suffered catastrophic brain and other injuries.

Benearl Lewis and Wright allegedly told investigators that D'Money fell from a chest freezer. Experts who testified at Benearl Lewis' trial found the explanation dubious, pointing to the wide variety of the boy's injuries and marks on different parts of his body.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning before 5th District Judge Bill Miller at the Bowie County courthouse in New Boston, Texas. Wright is represented by Dallas lawyer Jasmine Crockett. First Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp and Assistant District Attorney Lauren Richards are prosecuting.

Opening statements are expected to take place Tuesday after a jury is chosen. Testimony is expected to begin Wednesday morning. The trial is expected to last all week.

Wright is currently free on bond though she is required to wear a GPS leg monitor.

llarowe@texarkanagazette.com

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