NORMAN, Oklahoma (AP) – A jury has found a man charged with killing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter guilty of first-degree murder.
The Cleveland County jury deliberated for less than two hours Friday before returning the guilty verdict against Jeremy Howard. Howard was charged in the April 11, 2013, death of Kiyla Rose Hosler, who authorities say died due to blunt force trauma to the head.
The Norman Transcript reports jurors recommended that Howard be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. District Judge Tracy Schumacher scheduled formal sentencing for Feb. 18.
Howard had told investigators he dropped the child while throwing her in the air, but Dr. Chrystal Carter testified Thursday the girl had suffered multiple bruises, brain swelling and a skull fracture.