Richmond parents murder trial in baby's death starts Monday


Parents accused of starving their infant son to death last year in eastern Indiana will stand trial on murder. The trial of Amy R. Hockett, 22, and Joseph L. Pierson, 25, of Richmond begins Monday.

Each is charged with murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death and neglect of a dependent in the death of 3-month-old Khaiden Hockett. Khaiden was found unresponsive last Feb. 5 inside the couple's home.

The cause of death was ruled dehydration because of starvation. A probable cause affidavit indicates the couple's home was filthy and filled with feces and urine when the boy died.

Hockett and Pierson pleaded not guilty. Judge Gregory Horn earlier rejected a motion to move the trial after attorneys argued finding an impartial jury was impossible.

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