Punishment Phase of Texas Day Care Trial Resumes

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
Testimony has resumed in the sentencing of a Texas woman convicted of murder in the death of a child in a fire at her home day care.

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2012 file photo, Jessica Tata, accused in the deaths of four children at her west Houston daycare, stands at the conclusion of opening statements at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Mayra Beltran, File)

HOUSTON (AP) - Testimony has resumed in the sentencing of a Texas woman convicted of murder in the death of a child in a fire at her home day care.

Jessica Tata (TAH'-tah) faces up to life in prison after a jury convicted her of felony murder. Prosecutors continued to call witnesses Wednesday in a Houston court.

Testimony for the prosecution revealed Tuesday that Tata was convicted of at least one arson count because of her involvement in two fires - on the same day in 2002 - at her suburban Houston high school.

The fire at the day care the 24-year-old Tata ran in her Houston home killed 16-month-old Elias Castillo and three other children. Three more were seriously injured.

She is charged with three more counts of felony murder.


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