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Man accused of killing 5-year-old step daughter back in court

Posted at 10:09 AM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 10:34:11-04

The man accused of killing his 5-year-old step daughter, Luna Younger, was back in court on Tuesday for his trial.

Victoria King, Luna's mother, testified on Monday saying she and the accused, Thomas McClellan, got into an argument on November 1st, 2016. Later that night, her daughter was found dead with five stab wounds to the chest in a fire in their apartment in Holt.

Prosecutors on Tuesday spent a lot of time talking about evidence found in the apartment. That ranged from the pocket knife allegedly used to kill Luna, to the empty vodka bottle, the contents of which were used to start the fire.

Prosecutors also seemed to be getting all their ducks in a row. They started by showing McClellan withdrawing the maximum daily withdrawal amount from an ATM, to buying a pre-paid cell phone from Best Buy, and then deputies finding his cell phone left at a Quality Dairy down the road from the apartment where Luna was killed.

They went on to look at all the other evidence that was gathered in both the murder investigation, and also the fire investigation.