Samson Murder Hearing

Late yesterday afternoon in Geneva, a status hearing was held in the murder case of a man accused of killing a toddler.

In June 2002 Angel Marie Whitley was killed in Samson.

33-year-old Steven Preachers is charged with murder.

At the time of the incident, he was the boyfriend of the child's mother.

Gail Whitley says the last two-and-a-half years have been unbearable.

Authorities say Angel died from blunt force trauma to the head from an object.

Preachers allegedly slammed the two year old child’s head against a bedroom dresser because she wouldn't stop crying.

Whitley says, “I blame him now... I didn't know what happened. That’s when authorities told me that Stevie had harmed Angel.”

The judge will hold a second status hearing on Preachers case within the next 30-days.

An actual trial date has not been set.