Trial begins in death of 4-year-old Summer Phelps - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Trial begins in death of 4-year-old Summer Phelps

Summer Phelps Summer Phelps
Adriana Lytle Adriana Lytle
  • Also on KHQ.comMore>>

  • Neighbors of murdered 4-year-old Spokane girl speak out

    Neighbors of murdered 4-year-old Spokane girl speak out

    Monday, October 13 2008 12:14 PM EDT2008-10-13 16:14:59 GMT
    6:37 p.m. SPOKANE, Wash. - Neighbors of the 4-year-old Spokane girl allegedly killed at the hand of her parents are speaking out about what they saw before the girl's death.>>INSIDE: Latest info>>
    6:37 p.m. SPOKANE, Wash. - Neighbors of the 4-year-old Spokane girl allegedly killed at the hand of her parents are speaking out about what they saw before the girl's death.>>INSIDE: Latest information>>
  • Examiner revises cause of Summer Phelp's death

    Examiner revises cause of Summer Phelp's death

    Examiner revises cause of Summer Phelp's death

    Monday, October 13 2008 12:13 PM EDT2008-10-13 16:13:50 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The official cause of Summer Phelp's death has been revised by the medical examiner's office.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The official cause of Summer Phelp's death has been revised by the medical examiner's office. >>INSIDE: More Information>>
  • Woman pleads guilty in death of Summer Phelps

    Woman pleads guilty in death of Summer Phelps

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The woman accused of abusing and torturing her step-daughter to death in March 2007, has pleaded guilty to homicide by abuse. >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The woman accused of abusing and torturing her step-daughter to death in March 2007, has pleaded guilty to homicide by abuse. Adriana Lytle is now scheduled to be sentenced in the death of 4-year-old Summer Phelps on October 13. >>
  • Lytle ruled competent to take stand in daughter's death

    Lytle ruled competent to take stand in daughter's death

    Summer PhelpsSummer Phelps
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A judge ruled Monday that Jonathan D. Lytle, charged in the death of 4-year old Summer Phelps in March 2007, is competent to take the stand in his trial, set to begin next month.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A judge ruled Monday that Jonathan D. Lytle, charged in the death of 4-year old Summer Phelps in March 2007, is competent to take the stand in his trial, set to begin next month. Jonathan and his wife Adriana Lytle are charged with torturing, beating and killing their child. >>INSIDE: More Info | Link to Court Documents>>

SPOKANE, Wash. - The trial for Jonathan Lytle, the man accused of killing of his 4-year-old girl by abuse, is scheduled to begin Monday in Spokane.

Lytle is charged in connection to the march 2007 death of Summer Phelps.  His wife, Adriana pleaded guilty to homicide by abuse back in July and now faces 20 to 26 years in prison. Both Jonathan and Adriana are accused of torturing, beating and eventually killing the four-year-old girl.

Mr. Lytle's trial was given the go-ahead earlier this month when a judge ruled, after hearing from a State psychologist, that he was mentally competent to stand trial.

According to court documents, Jon Lytle said during the day of Summer's death, the girl had received discipline for urinating on the floor and being defiant. She had been made to wash items in the bathtub.

Later in the evening while the girl was again washing items out in the tub, Adriana Lytle had left the room and when she returned, found her unresponsive in the water.

The child died about midnight after Jonathan Lytle rushed the 4-year-old girl to the emergency room at Deaconess Medical Center.

The couple admitted in the document to using a shock collar on the girl, beating her with a belt, and making her stand in uncomfortable positions while washing out urine soaked items in the bathtub, and dunking her head under water when she worked too slowly.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Detectives identify woman found in Spokane River

    Detectives identify woman found in Spokane River

    Thursday, September 20 2018 8:35 PM EDT2018-09-21 00:35:31 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Detectives have identified the woman found in the Spokane River September 15 just hours after releasing a rending of what she may have looked like. Detectives continue to work to determine what occurred prior to her death.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Detectives have identified the woman found in the Spokane River September 15 just hours after releasing a rending of what she may have looked like. Detectives continue to work to determine what occurred prior to her death.

    >>
  • Suge Knight pleads to manslaughter over fatal confrontation

    Suge Knight pleads to manslaughter over fatal confrontation

    Thursday, September 20 2018 5:16 PM EDT2018-09-20 21:16:55 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and after he ran over two men, killing one, nearly four years ago.    The Death Row Records co-founder entered the plea Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court and has agreed to serve 28 years in prison.

    >>

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and after he ran over two men, killing one, nearly four years ago.    The Death Row Records co-founder entered the plea Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court and has agreed to serve 28 years in prison.

    >>
  • School bus drops off kids over an hour late after driver was lost

    School bus drops off kids over an hour late after driver was lost

    Thursday, September 20 2018 10:24 PM EDT2018-09-21 02:24:04 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Durham Bus Services has had a rough start to the school year. Less, than one week in, Durham had to answer for a bus driver who dropped off a kindergartner at the wrong bus stop. Then, they had to respond to parents' concerns about overcrowding on school buses. On Thursday, they were once again addressing a serious parent concern.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Durham Bus Services has had a rough start to the school year. Less, than one week in, Durham had to answer for a bus driver who dropped off a kindergartner at the wrong bus stop. Then, they had to respond to parents' concerns about overcrowding on school buses. On Thursday, they were once again addressing a serious parent concern.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/