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Trial gets under way today in New Boston

Trial gets under way today in New Boston

June 26th, 2019 by Lynn LaRowe in Texarkana News
Khadijah LaShawn Wright

NEW BOSTON, Texas—A jury of six men and six women was chosen Tuesday at the Bowie County courthouse to decide the case of a mother accused in her son's death.

Khadijah Wright, 26, is charged with injury to a child by omission in the March 2018 death of her 4-year-old son, D'Money Lewis. D'Money's father, Benearl Lewis, 25, is currently serving a life sentence for murder in the case.

Opening statements and testimony are expected to begin thismorning before 5th District Judge Bill Miller.

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 allegedly left D'Money and his siblings alone with Benearl Lewis while she went to work. 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.

Wright is represented by Dallas lawyer Jasmine Crockett. First Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp and Assistant District Attorney Lauren Richards are prosecuting.

The trial is expected to last several days. Wright is currently free on bond.

llarowe@texarkanagazette.com

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