Felony child abuse trial set starts for Springfield man also charged in the death of another child

GREENE COUNTY, Mo. Jury selection is underway in the trial of a Springfield man accused of felony child abuse.

Kenneth Robert Davis is accused of torturing his 8-year-old daughter last year, severely beating and choking her.

A jury from Greene County will be picked from a pool of 70 people. Since Davis has been deemed a persistent felony offender he is not eligible for jury sentencing if convicted. Judge Thomas Mountjoy, the same judge who heard the Hailey Owens murder trial, will decide Davis' punishment.

The trial is expected to end later this week.

Davis is also charged for beating Kinzlea Kilgore, 3, to death in Dallas County a few months before he allegedly beat his own child. Dates for that trial are pending.

Davis is being held in the Greene County Jail without bond.