LUDINGTON —The 79th District Court preliminary examination of Sean Michael Phillips will resume July 31 at 9 a.m. at the Mason County Courthouse. Phillips is serving a 10 to 15 year prison sentence for the unlawful imprisonment of Katherine, also known as Baby Kate. In October 2013 he was charged with the open murder of the baby, even though no body has been found. Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola and the Michigan Attorney General’s office state the charges are based on circumstantial evidence. In April Phillips appeared in front of Judge Peter Wadel for a preliminary examination, in which the prosecutor needs to prove there is enough evidence to bind the case over to circuit court for a felony trial.
At the end of the two day hearing, defense attorney David Glancy requested a recess of three months so a hand writing expert could exam a confession letter that Phillips is presumed to have written while in prison.
Katherine was 4-months-0ld when she disappeared on June 29, 2011. A jury found him guilty of taking the baby.