Plea deadline passes in cold-case murder trial

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by Chris Paschenko/ The Daily News

khou.com

Posted on April 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM

ANAHUAC, Texas — A man charged with capital murder in a 1996 cold-case killing refused to enter a plea by a Friday deadline, sending the case of a Texas City teenage girl’s slaying to trial, his defense lawyer said.

Kevin Edison Smith, 46, was arrested in September 2010 in connection with the slaying of Krystal Jean Baker, 13, whose body was found March 5, 1996, beneath the Trinity River bridge along Interstate 10 in Chambers County.

Authorities said Smith’s DNA was linked to the case after he was arrested on a 2010 drug charge in Louisiana. Smith has pleaded not guilty to capital murder.

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