LUDINGTON, Mich. (WOOD) — A former prison mate of Sean Phillips who previously testified against Phillips in 2014 took the stand again on Thursday.
Rushaun Burton claimed he’d befriended Phillips who in turn told him about what happened to his daughter Katherine Phillips, also known as Baby Kate.
Burton testified that Phillips told him he got rid of Baby Kate and they would never find her. Burton said God told him to tell what Phillips said.
Burton’s testimony Friday mirrored his testimony in April 2014. Burton was paroled on June 30, 2016, after being denied twice before.
Friday marks the seventh day of testimony in the trial of Sean Phillips, accused of murder in the death of his 4-month-old daughter, Baby Kate.
Baby Kate was last seen alive with her father in Ludington in June 2011. Since Kate’s remains have not been found, much of the case against Phillips is based on circumstantial evidence, including a letter he allegedly wrote in prison in which he confessed that he pulled Kate’s car seat from his car and that she was thrown from it. Prosecutors drew attention to that letter in court Thursday.
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Since testimony began last week, jurors have heard from Kate’s mother, Ariel Courtland; Phillips’ mother, Kim Phillips; officers who spoke with Phillips on the day Kate disappeared; Phillips’ neighbors; and experts in DNA, cellphones and computers.
Wednesday, prosecutors again tried to have Judge Peter Wadel removed from the case, saying he had allegedly told a retired judge in private that circumstantial cases, like the Phillips case, are fundamentally flawed. Wadel refused to recuse himself, saying he never talked to Thomas about the case.
Phillips, 26, was convicted of unlawful imprisonment in Kate’s case in 2012 and sentenced to prison.