First Day of Capital Murder Trial for Bigamist Man Charged with Killing Estranged Pregnant Wife, Two Children, and Mother-in-Law

Christopher Henderson, 46, is facing a possible death sentence for the killings of five people, including his 9-months pregnant wife.

The prosecution and defense will review the questionnaires on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then beginning Thursday and running until June 22, jurors will be questioned by the attorneys in the case. Opening statements are set to take place on June 23.

The victims were Henderson’s estranged wife Kristen Smallwood Henderson, who was nine months pregnant; her unborn child; her mother, Carol Jean Smallwood; her 8-year-old son, Clayton Chambers; and her 1-year-old nephew, Eli Sokolowski.  The indictment refers to the child Kristen Henderson was carrying as a “full-term female child,” who surviving family members refer to as “Loryn Brooke Smallwood.”

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