The Baby Gabriel Case trial begins
The high profile trial of Elizabeth Johnson, mother of missing child “Baby Gabriel,” begins in Maricopa County Superior Court today. The 26-year-old from Tempe faces charges of kidnapping, custodial interference, and conspiracy to commit custodial interference.
The judge will hear trial motions starting at 1:30 p.m. and jury selection begins Wednesday.
Johnson has changed her story several times in the more than two years since baby Gabriel went missing. First she told the baby’s father in a phone conversation that she had suffocated their infant son and thrown him out with the garbage. Johnson subsequently changed her story to claim she took her 9-month to give him up for adoption and gave the infant child to a couple she did not know in a San Antonio park.
No trace of the child, who would be three years old by now, has been found. Without proof positive that the child has died, prosecutors are holding off on a homicide indictment against Johnson.
Johnson has twice been found not competent to stand trial, but doctors now say that she is competent.
Wild About Trial will keep you updated on all major developments as the Elizabeth Johnson trial unfolds.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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