Baby Gabriel Kidnapping Case: Jury Selection in Elizabeth Johnson Trial
Sep 07, 2012 04:21 PM EDT
Three years after eight month old Gabriel Johnson disappeared after last being seen alive in a Texas motel; the case of disappearance now takes form as the jury selection started Wednesday. The jury selection is said to be a meticulous task considering the high popularity of the case.
The case revolves around Gabriel's mother Elizabeth Johnson, who has been accused of kidnapping and hampering with the custodial proceedings involving Gabriel, Johnson and the father Logan McQueary. In December 2009, a judge granted Johnson and McQueary joint custody of the baby, when Johnson took off with the child without any notice.
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Later she allegedly sent McQueary a text message stating "I killed him...U will never see Gabriel again, I made sure of that. And you can spend the rest of you are pathetic life wondering about him...U will never find me I'm already boarding a plane. Out of the country...When I' m safe ill email u the exact location of dead Gabriel's little blue body. If the garbage don't come first," as reported by CNN News.
Johnson also sent a letter to the custody judge criticizing him for his decision of granting the father joint custody of their son.
Johnson pleads not guilty and has since withdrawn her statement that she killed Gabriel and has claimed that she gave the baby to an unknown couple in a park in San Antonio, Texas. Johnson is currently being held in Maricopa County jail in Arizona without bond.
Watch the news coverage of the case here.