Testimony Underway In Child Murder Trial

By: Heather King / Bill Wilson
By: Heather King / Bill Wilson

Testimony has begun in the murder trial of a woman accused of poisoning a seven-year-old girl.

A seven man, seven woman jury was selected on Monday in the trial of Carolyn Futrell. The 37-year-old Onslow County woman is accused of killing Kayla Allen by making her drink a water bottle full of insecticide.

In opening statements, prosecutors say they will prove that the girl died from a foul, pungent poison and she died slowly, due to a lack of oxygen.

Futrell's attorney told jurors they will prove Kayla's death was not a homicide, but a terrible household accident and tragedy.

The first witness was Kayla's second grade teacher. Karen Huffman testified that Futrell told her that Kayla died from a blood clot.

The next witness was a paramedic, who testified when she arrived the child was not breathing and had no pulse.

Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty against Futrell, and the trial is expected to last two weeks.


Nearly five years after the death of a 7-year-old girl in Onslow County, her legal guardian goes on trial for murder Monday.

Jury selection began as scheduled Monday morning in the trial of 37-year-old Carolyn Futrell, for first degree murder and felony child abuse in the death of 7-year-old Kayla Allen. The little girl was Futrell's niece and foster child.

Futrell is accused of killing the little girl by forcing her to drink a water bottle full of insecticide in the summer of 2003.

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