Jury hears police interview in Ala. child deaths
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The common-law wife of a man on trial for the deaths of his two children told police he said to her following the deaths: "Now you have to be with me forever because it’s your fault."
John DeBlase and Heather Keaton are both charged with capital murder in the deaths of his 4-year-old daughter, Natalie, and 3-year-old son, Chase. DeBlase is standing trial first in Mobile County, Alabama. Jurors Friday heard a recorded interview Keaton gave to police in Louisville, Kentucky, where the couple moved after the deaths.
Authorities say the children died by poisoning, asphyxiation, starving and dehydration. One body was recovered in Citronelle, Alabama. The other was found in Mississippi.
DeBlase’s defense attorneys have said Keaton controlled the couple’s relationship and her disciplinary tactics led to the deaths.
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