It has only been a week since the 19-month-old’s death was ruled a homicide, with the autopsy revealing her broken bones were achieved before her death, and now there is news of prosecutor Robert Miller having sent a copy of those reports to the attorneys of Angela Steinfurth and Steven King.
Along with the report was an attached note with the sentence: “Please be advised that if plea negotiations are going to occur prior to seeking an indictment, time is now of the essence."
And thus begins the dance of who can turn on who first, excuses of why they did what they did and court authorities dancing around all that.
Just depends on who is leading and who is following on how it will all end.
These thoughts, along with wondering just why plea deals would even be given in the first place, have many a person wondering what is going through their heads, particularly those of county prosecutor Julia Bates. [see comments]
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Steinfurth, King and those who were in that house when Elaina was put through all she was put through; managed to get the authorities and hundreds of regular citizens searching houses in the surrounding area, searching parks and even getting the FBI searching the Maumee River.
Knowing all along what had happened, they watched as people gathered together by the dozens, nearly every night, around that house having prayers and vigils, having t-shirts and signs made, hoping that it was going to end in a ‘simple’ custody battle scene.
After authorities gathered poor little Elaina’s broken body from King’s garage, there is chatter that her body hadn’t been there from the very beginning and had been placed there after Steinfurth and King’s arrest, the anger against the couple grew even more palpable so it is going to be pretty interesting to see how Toledo’s prosecutors are going to handle the outcome if a plea deal is taken by one of the couple.
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Sources: http://www.toledoblade.com/Courts/2013/11/14/Deal-on-Elaina-offered.html, Jennifer Feehan; http://www.northwestohio.com/news/story.aspx?id=943499, Chris Delcamp; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2490295/Missing-toddler-Elaina-Steinfurth-suffered-broken-bones-arms-legs-victim-homocide.html, Leon Watson