Carmack’s murder trial begins

Amanda Carmack’s jury trial began yesterday, with both the state and the defendant conducting extensive interviews with prospective jurors, trying to find any potential biases that could compromise a fair trial.

Grant County Circuit Court Judge Mark Spitzer said the case is expected to wrap up some time late next week.

Carmack is facing charges of murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, domestic battery resulting in death and strangulation.

The charges stem from the death of Carmack’s stepdaughter, 10-year-old Skylea Carmack.

Police state Skylea was strangled to death on Aug. 31, 2019, but Carmack reported Skylea as missing that night.

After a four-day search, law enforcement agencies found the girl’s body in a trash bag in the shed located behind the Carmack home.

A livestream of the trial can be found on the state’s public courts website.