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Hearing set Oct. 8 in forced-water death

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PROVO — After numerous delays, the preliminary hearing for a Springville couple accused of child abuse homicide for causing the death of their adopted 4-year-old daughter by forcing her to drink a fatal amount of water will resume next month.

At a status conference held Thursday for Jennete and Richard Killpack, 4th District Judge James Taylor rescheduled the proceedings for Oct. 8.

The Killpacks are charged with second degree felony child abuse homicide and third degree felony child abuse in connection with the death of Cassandra Killpack in June 2002.

The hearing was put on hold in May after only two days of testimony when prosecutors attempted to add a first degree murder charge to the counts. Taylor ruled in July that the prosecution could not add the charge but could substitute it for the original charge. Prosecutors elected to proceed with the original count.

A second delay occurred in August when a psychologist testifying for the prosecution admitted she had not personally interviewed Cassandra's sister before determining the sibling had been psychologically damaged by the events surrounding the death of her sister.

The preliminary hearing will determine whether the state has sufficient evidence to take the case to trial.