Jury Selected in Toddler Murder Case

By: Mark Vaughn Email
By: Mark Vaughn Email

A jury has been selected to try the case of Holly Crews, accused of the 2010 beating death of 20-month-old Sammie Hagans. 8 jurors were selected to hear crew's case and determine if she's innocent or guilty.

Judge Michael Overstreet said during the proceedings Monday, "Ms. Crews is charged with two crimes. First degree felony murder and aggravated child abuse. This is not a death penalty case. The state is not seeking the imposition of the death penalty in this particular matter"

A room full of jurors heard that explanation from judge Michael Overstreet Monday morning. They were given just a few details about the alleged murder from prosecutor Larry Basford as they answered questions about serving on this jury.

Holly Suzanne Crews is facing 1st degree felony murder and aggravated child abuse charges for the September 2010 death of Sammie Hagans, the 20-month-old son of Stephanie Justice, and Matthew Hagans. According to police Crews was friends with the boy's family and was baby-sitting Hagans at her home on Kraft Avenue in Millville.

Police claim she hit the boy in the head and torso several times killing him. The medical examiner determined he had fatal injuries to his head and neck. Specific details, and pictures of the child's injuries are expected to be shown during the trial.

The prosecution and defense says they will call upwards of 20 total witnesses, including family members. Crews pled not guilty to the charges, and now 5 men and 3 women will decide her fate in the case.

The trial will start Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. Judge Overstreet says the case should be handed over to the jury by Thursday afternoon.

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