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Raleigh man to go to trial for infant's death

Joshua Andrew Stepp faces a potential death sentence, if convicted of first-degree murder in the Nov. 8 death of his 10-month-old stepdaughter

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The capital murder case of a Raleigh man accused of beating to death his 10-month-old stepdaughter will go to trial this summer.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens set a trial date of July 18 for Joshua Andrew Stepp, who faces first-degree murder and first-degree sex offense charges in the Nov. 8, 2010, death of Cheyenne Emery Yarley.

Stepp told a dispatcher in a 911 call that the child choked on toilet paper, but an autopsy report found she died of "abusive head trauma."

The report also indicates that paramedics and emergency room personnel at WakeMed in Raleigh found injuries to the child.

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