Jury seated, opening statements begin for Knoxville man accused of killing ex-wife, kidnapping daughter

Tyler Enix in court for jury selection on September 25, 2017

KNOXVILLE (WATE) — Six men, six women and two male alternatives will make up the jury for Tyler Enix’s murder trial.

Tyler Enix, 38, is charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, especially aggravated robbery, kidnapping and carjacking. He is accused of stabbing and killing his ex-wife, Kimberly Enix, and then kidnapping their daughter, who was two-years-old at the time. He was at the center of a nationwide Amber Alert in 2015 before he was eventually spotted in Ohio.

In court Monday, the state told jurors Tyler Enix was crafting his defense even before his wife’s murder. Prosecutors told jurors that he deleted text messages from his ex-wife that said, “stay away from me, you’re a psycho.” Also, forty days before Kimberly Enix was killed, prosecutors said Tyler Enix told her if she had another man around their daughter he would break her neck.

Last week, Judge Steven Sword decided that a videotape interview with the Tyler Enix’s daughter, who witnessed the incident, could not be used as evidence nor could she be forced to take the witness stand. Judge Sword also allowed prosecutors to use eight of nine crime scene photos that the defense had asked excluded from evidence.

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Judge Sword also ruled that prosecutors could not use incest-related website that FBI investigators found on Tyler Enix’s phone, which contained pornographic images of fathers and daughters. He told the court that Enix is not charged with sexual abuse of his child and therefore the website information should not be used as evidence in the case.

Opening statement will continue Tuesday for the trial of Tyler Enix. Follow Bridgette Bjorlo (@bridgettebjorlo) for live updates from court.

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