Baby Kate

Officers were first to discover Baby Kate’s clothes

April 4, 2014
Officers were first to discover Baby Kate’s clothes

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief.  LUDINGTON — Ludington Police Officer Tony Kuster was the first witness to testify this morning in the 79th District Court preliminary examination of the State of Michigan vs. Sean Michael Phillips. Phillips is charged with the June 29, 2011 murder of his 4-month-old daughter Katherine Shelbie Elizabeth Phillips, also known as “Baby Kate”. At the time…

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Mother recalls last day Baby Kate was seen; talks about alleged confession letter from father

April 3, 2014
Mother recalls last day Baby Kate was seen; talks about alleged confession letter from father

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief. LUDINGTON — Ariel Courtland, the mother of Katherine Phillips was the prosecution’s first witness this morning in the 79th District Court preliminary examination of murder suspect Sean Michael Phillips. In October 2013, Sean Phillips, 24, was charged with June 2011 murder of his 4-month-old daughter also known as Baby Kate. Phillips is currently serving the second…

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Phillips murder prelim this week

March 31, 2014
Phillips murder prelim this week

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief.  LUDINGTON — Sean Michael Phillips will appear in 79th District Court later this week for a preliminary examination in front of Judge Peter Wadel. Phillips has been charged with the murder of his 4-month-old daughter, Katherine Phillips. At a preliminary exam, also known as a probable cause hearing, the prosecution has to show that a crime…

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Attorney General confident in case against Phillips

March 26, 2014
Attorney General confident in case against Phillips

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief.  LUDINGTON — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said his office is ready to prosecute Sean Michael Phillips. The AG was at House of Flavors Restaurant this afternoon as part of his campaign kickoff. In October 2013, Schuette and Mason County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Spaniola announced that they were filing charges against Phillips for the murder of…

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Former U.S. attorney joins Sean Michaels defense team

March 4, 2014
Former U.S. attorney joins Sean Michaels defense team

LUDINGTON — Fox 17 TV of Grand Rapids has reported that a former U.S. Attorney will be part of the defense team for Sean Michael Phillips, accused of killing his 4-month-old daughter Katherine (Baby Kate) Phillips in June 2011. John Smietanka, a former U.S. attorney for the West Michigan District, will be on Phillips’ taxpayer-funded defense team, assisting court-appointed defense…

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