Jurors selected in dead girl’s trial | TheUnion.com

Jurors selected in dead girl’s trial

Jury selection for a Truckee man accused of murdering his girlfriend’s 1-year-old daughter began Tuesday in Nevada County Superior Court.

Albert Jiminez Jr., 29, is charged with murder, willful harm to a child, assault of a child resulting in death and corporal punishment or injury of a child. Jury selection resumes today, with opening statements possible Thursday morning.

Kylie Ann Kirbis-Fernhoff died April 4, 2001, from head and body injuries, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. Jiminez, who was caring for her at the Truckee apartment he shared with the girl’s mother, told investigators she had stopped breathing after choking on a cracker, an investigator’s report says.

A doctor later found the girl had two neck bruises, abrasions on her neck and forehead, and an open burn wound.

Jiminez has already admitted to special allegations that he had a strike under the state’s three-strikes law for a prior child-abuse conviction, according to court records. In that case, he was convicted in 1994 of corporal punishment or injury of a child.

Jiminez’s court-appointed lawyer is John Kennelly of Truckee. Assistant District Attorney Ron Wolfson and Deputy District Attorney Fred Holmes are the prosecutors.

The trial is expected to last about nine days.

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