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Murder Trial Starts Monday in Death of 2-Year-Old Girl

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CEDAR RAPIDS - Jury selection starts today in the first-degree murder trial of Lee Muldoon, 25, of Coggon.

In connection with the death of 2-year-old Skylar Inman, his girlfriend's daughter, Muldoon also is charged with child endangerment causing death. If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole.

Trish Mehaffey will live blog the trial at www.GazetteOnline.com from the courtroom when testimony begins Tuesday. Readers can follow the trial in real time, provide comments and ask questions.

Muldoon is accused of killing Skylar on July 11, 2008, in their Coggon home. She died from blunt force injures, according to an autopsy. Muldoon has pleaded not guilty.

Skylar's mother, Brianna Volesky, 20, now of Cedar Rapids, also was charged with child endangerment causing death. She pleaded guilty in January to neglect of a child and involuntary manslaughter; her plea deal is contingent upon her testimony against Muldoon.

During Volesky's plea hearing, she admitted that Skylar had numerous bruises all over her body and that Muldoon was her caretaker much of the time. Volesky faces 15 years in prison and will be sentenced after Muldoon's trial.

The trial is expected to last three weeks in Linn County District Court.