A Baton Rouge man accused of fatally shooting a 24-year--old woman outside her Louisiana Avenue home in May 2015 and abducting her 2-year-old daughter will stand trial in November, a state judge decided Tuesday.
Curtis King, 26, faces second-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and drug charges in the case involving Taylor Latham and her daughter, A'Kyleana Latham.
He also has pending charges of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and possession with intent to distribute marijuana that stem from the 2013 death of his 6-month-old son, Aiden King.
District Judge Trudy White set a Nov. 6 trial date for King in both cases. Prosecutor Kathleen Barrios said she intends to try the murder case first. The judge also scheduled an Aug. 17 court date on Barrios' motion to introduce evidence from the 2013 case at the murder and kidnapping trial. King's attorneys have said they will oppose the motion.
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Coroner's officials concluded that Aiden King's primary cause of death was an inability to breathe in an oversized bed, but said there wasn't enough evidence to determine whether the child's death was a homicide or an accident. A grand jury declined to indict Curtis King on a second-degree murder charge in the death of his son, who in his short life suffered rib fractures and significant burns after being placed in scalding bath water.
Barrios has alleged in court documents that Curtis King was "breaking down a large amount of marijuana" in October 2013 and left his son unattended behind a closed door in the oversized bed.
The prosecutor also claims in documents that after King killed Taylor Latham in May 2015, he took her daughter to conceal Latham's slaying and to avoid facing additional charges "for the death of yet another child."
King's attorneys have labeled those allegations unfounded.
Witnesses have said Latham was a prostitute and King was her pimp, according to court documents. King allegedly had an on-and-off relationship with Latham.
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Latham, who was shot once in the head, was found dead the evening of May 4, 2015, in the passenger seat of a car outside her home. But Barrios contends she was killed between the evening of May 1, 2015, and the morning of May 2, 2015. The prosecutor alleges King kidnapped Latham's daughter May 3, 2015.
King told authorities he found the child inside her house May 3, 2015, and took her to "rescue" her. Barrios, however, alleges King knew Latham was dead because he killed her, and he took the child to conceal the murder because the body had not been found at that point. The prosecutor believes the girl was at Latham's house at the time of the killing, and that King returned there and took her "so that he would not face additional charges for the death of yet another child."
A'Kyleana Latham was dropped off May 5, 2015, at a Scenic Highway women's shelter by King's live-in girlfriend at the time. She is not being prosecuted.
King, according to other documents previously filed in the case, sent threatening text messages to Latham in the hours before her death, and his cellphone was near her home during the time detectives believe she was shot to death.
King made phone contact with Latham an average of 18 times a day from April 15 to May 1, 2015, but in the 48 hours following her death, he didn't contact her a single time, police homicide detectives have stated. Latham's body wasn't discovered until about 68 hours after her death, detectives say, and only the person responsible would have known she was dead.