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This article refers to a criminal case where the parents of 2 year old Riley Ann Sawyer beat her up with a belt, threw her across the room where her skull cracked on the tiled floor and she died. The parents proceeded to throw her body into the Galveston Bay in a suitcase which was found later.

Kimberly Dawn Trenor, the mother has been convicted with a life sentence without parole. Her husband Royce Clyde Zeigler II has also been charged with capital murder but a sentence is due and he remains jailed.

The crime comes under Texas Penal Code Title 5 (Offenses against the person), Chapter 19 (Criminal Homicide), section 3 (Capital Murder) part a. Part a reads as follows:

CAPITAL MURDER.  (a)  A person commits an offense if the person commits murder as defined under Section 19.02(b)(1). Section 19.02(b)(1) is: (b)  A person commits an offense if he: (1)  intentionally or knowingly causes the death of an individual (Texas Penal Code).

The elements of the offense are intent or knowledge for murder to be proven. The article covers the conviction and reports the facts of the case but does not cover the elements of the case.

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