Baby Kate Murder Preliminary Exam Wraps Up in Ludington

Sean Phillips will have to wait two more weeks to find out if he’ll be heading to trial for the death of his daughter Katherine.

This is an update to a story Northern Michigan’s News Leader has been following closely for three years.

Phillips’ four-month-old daughter, commonly known as Baby Kate, was last seen leaving her Ludington home with him back in June 2011.

This morning, Phillips’ preliminary exam wrapped up.

The judge recessed for two weeks to make a final decision if Phillips should go on trial for open murder.

The prosecution says DNA found on an envelope that contained an incriminating letter sent to Baby Kate’s mother Ariel Courtland matches that of Phillips.

But the defense argues the prosecution doesn’t have enough evidence for the case to move forward.

The prosecutor, Michigan Asst. Attorney General Donna Pendergast said, “Taking the defendants statement coupled with all of the evidence, I would suggest there is sufficient evidence to bind this over on an open murder charge.”

“I believe that the admissions of the event in the letter, all of those things are a confession, there a confession to at most a manslaughter,” said Defense Attorney David Glancy.

Phillips is currently serving prison time for unlawful imprisonment connected to Kate’s disappearance.

The judge will make his final decision in two weeks.

9&10’s Breelynn Martin and Photojournalist Jacob Johnson spoke attended the hearing.