Day 3 of the Shakeitha Cartwright Capital Murder Trial in Center continued to focus on the initial interview, as well as a second conducted by District Attorney’s investigator Kevin Windham.
As the jury watched the video, Cartwright admitted to being physical with her five-month old daughter, Keilly Hoyt from the time she was brought home as an infant, to the night she died from injuries on Jan. 16 last year.
Cartwright told Windham, and demonstrated how she has used her fist to strike the child, saying, "I thought she would get really, really hurt but not dead”. Cartwright added she did all these things to hurt Keilly, but was never trying to intentionally kill the child. Quoting Cartwright, "Yes, that (the force used) was intentional but I couldn't kill her, I feel like y'all think I am not telling the truth, but I am. I feel like y'all want me to say that I killed her, but I didn't."
Cartwright was reported to have shown emotion for the first time as court broke for lunch yesterday.
Keilly Hoyt’s body had broken bones, bruises and bite marks the night she died.
If Cartwright’s found guilty, she faces life in prison. The Trial is in its 4th day in Judge Charles Mitchell’s 273rd District Court. Scheduled to take the stand today is the Chief Medical Examiner that performed the autopsy on the child.