Preachers Murder Trial Begins

Angel Marie Whitley Murdered

Opening statements begin this morning in what has been described as one of the area's most gruesome murder cases.

A little more than two-years-ago, 31-year-old Steven Preachers was charged in the death of his “then” girlfriend's child.

Authorities say he took Angel Marie Whitley by the legs and slammed her head first into a bedroom dresser.

The 21-month-old died a few days later as the result of blunt trauma.

Preachers reportedly killed the toddler because she wouldn't stop crying.

The maximum sentence the Samson man could receive if convicted of premeditated murder is "life behind bars without the possibility of parole.”

The trial is expected to last through the end of the week.