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Brownwood teen accused of killing daughter waives right to jury trial

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BROWNWOOD, Texas - A Brownwood teen accused of killing his baby daughter has waived his right to a jury trial, according to court documents.

Nineteen-year-old Jekaris Bryant's capital murder trial will start at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, according to the 35th Judicial District Clerk's office.

Bryant filed court documents opting for a bench trial, which will be presided by District Judge Stephen Ellis.

Police have said that Bryant's baby girl was pronounced dead at Brownwood Regional Medical Center on Dec. 13, 2015 after family members found her not breathing.

According to his indictment, Bryant caused the baby's death "by shaking, squeezing, or by means unknown to the grand jury."

He bonded out of jail last June.

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