Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pediatrician charged with murder of adopted daughter trial set

Trial of local pediatrician charged with first-degree murder of daughter set;
Dr. Deborah Mark and husband's trial will begin last day in May 2011

By: LAURIE EVERETT/Managing Editor
 Posted: Thursday, December 2, 2010 10:21 am

December 1, 2010 - A trial date has been set in the cases of Lebanon pediatrician Dr. Deborah Mark charged with first-degree murder of her adopted daughter, and her husband, Steven Mark, charged with multiple counts of child abuse.

According to Assistant District Attorney Tom Swink, the case is set for trial May 31 and June 1-3.
"These dates were set in a very recent arraignment," said Swink.

That arraignment was on Nov. 23.

Mt. Juliet detectives described this as the "worse case of child abuse" they've ever seen.
Lead Det. Bonnie Harris and Det. David Stolinsky presented overwhelming evidence to the Wilson County Grand Jury on this case of alleged child abuse.

During a September press conference held at Mt. Juliet City Hall, Harris described the alleged abuse as "substantial."

"There was bruising from head to toe," she said.

She said the child arrived from China about 100 days before the alleged abuse and the Marks had "custody." She noted they believed the abuse "occurred" over time and most likely started about the time the little girl came to live with the Marks at their residence in the Autumn Ridge Subdivision in Mt. Juliet.   FULL STORY (registration required)

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