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Trial for man accused of killing toddler could take 5 weeks

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Attorneys say jurors deciding the fate of a man accused of killing a toddler in Minnehaha County could spend more than a month on the case.

Andrew Cornett is expected to face a jury in September 2019, almost three years after he was taken into custody on charges including first- and second-degree murder. His 18-month-old stepson was found unresponsive in his Dell Rapids home. An autopsy found six blows to Hayden Wigton's head and bite marks.

The state plans to seek a jury recommendation of a death sentence if Cornett is found guilty at trial.

The Argus Leader reports attorneys estimated Cornett's jury trial could take up to five weeks: a trial to determine a conviction and, if convicted, a trial to decide whether the death penalty can be imposed.