Court proceedings are scheduled to begin next month in the murder trial of Robert Howard, an Alabama sex offender accused of killing 12-year-old Pensacola girl Naomi Jones.
The Ensley girl went missing from her apartment May 31, 2017, setting off a community-wide search effort that ended when Naomi's remains were found in a creek June 5, 2017.
Howard was identified as a suspect early on in the disappearance, and he was arrested two days after Naomi was found. He reportedly confessed to strangling Naomi and now faces the death penalty.
In a hearing Friday afternoon, attorneys argued whether the specific details about the condition of Naomi's remains were important evidence or just gory details meant to draw an emotional response from jurors.
Attorneys are gearing up for the trial of Robert Howard, an Alabama man facing the death penalty in the 12-year-old Naomi Jones