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Plea offer pulled, second on table for infant’s accused killer

September 15, 2017 GMT

KINGMAN — For the second time, a scheduled plea agreement for a Fort Mohave man accused of killing an infant boy was postponed.

Tyler James Kirkpatrick, 23, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and child abuse, all per domestic violence, for the Oct. 21, 2014, death of 15-month-old Kade Krystal.

Kirkpatrick is being held on a $1 million bond.

Kirkpatrick’s attorney, Ira Shiflett, asked to postpone the plea agreement Thursday, saying the prosecutor sent him an email late Wednesday saying the offer is now unavailable and offering another plea agreement.

Deputy Mohave County Attorney Jacob Cote said there have always been two plea offers and he pulled one Wednesday. If the defense doesn’t take the remaining offer, he will ask the judge to set a trial date at the next hearing.

Terms of the plea agreement were not disclosed.

Superior Court Commissioner Billy Sipe Jr. set Kirkpatrick’s next hearing for Oct. 12.

Kade’s mother returned home from work Oct. 21, 2014, to find the child with severe bruises to the head and buttocks. The infant was taken to a Fort Mohave hospital and put on life support. He was later flown to a Las Vegas hospital, where he died two days later.

The Clark County Medical Examiner ruled the child died from blunt force trauma to the head and the death was ruled a homicide.

Kirkpatrick was arrested Feb. 18, 2015, at the home he shared with the infant’s mother. He moved in about four months prior to the death. When questioned by police, he locked himself inside the bathroom and refused to come out. He eventually surrendered and was charged with murder.