Trial Begins For Couple Accused Of Killing Toddler

Monday, April 4th 2011, 4:35 pm
By: News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The trial begins Monday for a couple accused of killing a 3-year-old boy.

Eli Johnson died in September 2009. The boy's mother, Tye Shafer, and her boyfriend, Eddie Valdez, are charged with first-degree murder.

Prosecutors said Valdez had beaten the boy before and confessed to repeatedly slamming Eli's head in a toilet.

Valdez pleaded guilty last month to the boy's murder.

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