COVINGTON, Ga. – Christopher Michael McNabb and Cortney Marie Bell, the parents accused of killing their 15-day-old daughter, will go in front of Alcovy Judicial Circuit Chief Judge John M. Ott May 6 for a trial in the Newton County Superior Court.
McNabb faces charges of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, murder in the second degree, aggravated battery, first-degree cruelty to children, second-degree cruelty to children and concealing the death of another.
Bell faces charges of murder in the second degree, second-degree cruelty to children and contributing to the deprivation of a minor.
District Attorney Layla Zon and Assistant District Attorney Alex Stone will argue the case. McNabb is represented by Anthony Carter, chief public defender for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit. Bell is represented by Bryan Frost who was appointed as a conflict attorney.
On Oct. 7, 2017, Bell called 911 to report her daughter was missing from her bedroom. The following day, the body of Caliyah C. McNabb was located in a wooded area next to the trailer park where the family lived.
McNabb was arrested a few hours after the discovery of the body on a probation violation out of Bartow County. Warrants were issued for McNabb on the murder charges three days later after autopsy results determined the cause of death to be blunt force head trauma and manner of death to be homicide.
Bell was indicted by the Grand Jury of Newton County in January and apprehended Jan. 7 in Rockdale County on charges related to the death.
The duo was arraigned on the charges Jan. 23 in front of Ott.
The Covington News has filed a request with Judge Ott to be able to live stream the court proceedings.