Trial begins in death of 3-year-old Destiny Cox

By WEEK Producer

May 13, 2013 Updated May 14, 2013 at 10:41 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Opening statements began Monday in the murder trial of David Gharrett.

Gharrett, 25, is charged with first degree murder in the death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter, Destiny Cox.

Gharrett is accused of killing Destiny while he was babysitting her. Autopsy results show Destiny died of head trauma. However, the defense attorney claims Destiny died after choking on hot peppers.

Destiny's mother, Candice Ethridge, previously plead guilty to child endangerment. She was sentenced to two-years probation. Ethridge is expected to testify later this week.

The trial resumes Tuesday morning.