2 face trial in Danieal Kelly's death

November 7, 2008 11:30:37 AM PST
A Philadelphia judge has ordered two people charged in the starvation death of a disabled 14-year-old girl to stand trial.

The girl's mother, Andrea Kelly, will be tried on a murder count. Private social-services caseworker Julius Murray will be tried on an involuntary manslaughter charge.

Judge Patrick Dugan made the decision Friday after a preliminary hearing.

Prosecutors had argued against a preliminary hearing because the case had already gone before a grand jury. Attorneys for the two defendants had wanted one so that they could challenge the evidence.

Seven other people charged in the death of Danieal Kelly already were ordered to go to trial based on the grand jury's investigation. Prosecutors say Kelly wasted away from neglect in 2006.

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