The trial of Jerice Hunter gets underway today.  Hunter is accused of killing her five-year-old daughter Jhessye (Jessie) Shockely in 2011 and disposing of her body.  Police say Jhessye was tortured by her mother Jerice Hunter for years.  They claim Jhessye was kept in a bedroom closet, starved and beaten.  Police

suspect the child was killed by her mother and dumped in a trash bin in Tempe.  Hunter told police at the time of her daughter’s disappearance that her older children were watching the girl while she ran errands and when she returned home, Jhessye was missing.  Jhessye’s teenage sister claimed the child had cuts, bruises and black eyes before she went missing.  Hunter had served about four years in prison in 2006 for abusing her children.  Hunter has pleaded “not guilty” for the murder of Jhessye.

Kris Dugan