KANSAS CITY, MO. - A defense attorney says Harrell Johnson did not mean to kill a 3-year-old girl once known as "Precious Doe."
In his opening statement at Johnson's trial Monday, defense lawyer Kenton Hall admitted that Harrell Johnson kicked the girl, Erica Green. But Hall said it was not the premeditated act necessary for first-degree murder.
Special prosecutor Tim Dollar told jurors that Erica was injured when Johnson kicked her for not going to bed. He says Johnson and the girl's mother didn't go for help but did try to revive her, still leaving the injured girl without medical attention for 10 hours.
Prosecutors claim the couple eventually took the girl's body out of the house and that Johnson decapitated her and dumped the body in the woods.
A Kansas City police officer who found the girl's body and two crime scene technicians also testified Monday.