Trial of Regina couple charged with killing 4-year-old girl to resume Tuesday

A Regina couple goes on trial this week for the murder of a four-year-old girl and causing unlawful bodily harm to a two-year-old girl.

Girls 4, and 2, were being looked after by Kevin and Tammy Goforth

Kevin and Tammy Goforth are charged with the second-degree murder of a four-year-old girl, as well as unlawfully causing bodily harm to a two-year-old girl. (Facebook )

Fourteen jurors were selected today and had their first sitting for the trial of a Regina couple, accused of killing a four-year-old girl in 2012. 

Kevin and Tammy Goforth are charged with the second-degree murder of the girl, as well as unlawfully causing bodily harm to a two-year-old girl. 

At the time, the girls were being looked after by the Goforths, who are not their parents.  

On Monday afternoon the court heard the agreed statement of facts and medical appointment records for the two girls. 

The raw emotion was visibile in the court room. Tammy Goforth wiped her eyes and visibly shook as lawyers spoke.

The jurors were selected Monday morning. The judge said 14 jurors ensures there are 12 people to deliberate.

Girl 'was skin and bones'

The victim's mother said when she was called to the hospital in the summer of 2012, she was horrified by the state her four-year-old daughter was in.

"She was skin and bones," the mother said. "She was bleeding from her wrists and her ankles."

The charges against the Goforths were upgraded by Saskatchewan's deputy attorney general in January of 2014, after reviewing evidence presented in a preliminary hearing.

A publication ban is in place and prevents the identification of the two girls.

The crown is expected to call 16 witnesses during a trial that could take three weeks.

Court was adjourned for the day shortly after 4 p.m. and will resume Tuesday morning.