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Accused “Baby Grace” Killer Goes To Trial

By Breck Porter/The Police News

GALVESTON - The mother and stepfa- ther of Riley Ann Sawyers tortured and beat the child on the day she died ac- cording to testimony during the trial last year of Kimberly Ann Trenor, 19, the dead girl’s mother.

She and her 24-year-old husband, Royce Clyde Zeigler, both of Spring, Texas, were charged with capital murder in connection with the 2-year-old girl’s death. She was convicted and sentenced to life without parole. He remains in custody in Galveston County jail and will go to trial October 13th.

Trenor told investigators how she and Zeigler beat the toddler with two leather belts and held her head under water in a bathtub on the morning of July 24. Trenor also said that Zeigler picked the child up by her hair and threw her across the room causing her head to slam against a tile floor. After Sawyers died, Trenor said Zeigler covered the child in a purple towel and the pair went to a Wal-Mart for items to

hide and dispose of the body, including a blue plastic container, bleach, a shovel and latex gloves.

Trenor said Zeigler hid the container with the child’s remains in a storage shed for two months before the pair tossed the container into the waters of Galveston Bay .

Their arrests came nearly a month af- ter a fisherman discovered the box aban- doned on a small island. Inside was the body of Riley Ann Sawyer who had suf- fered a head wound.

Authorities appealed to the public for help releasing a composite sketch of a child they called Baby Grace. Hundreds of tips from around the world poured into the Galveston County sheriff’s in- vestigators eventually leading to her identification and the arrests of Trenor and Ziegler.

Ziegler’s trial will be covered online by The Police News at


Kimberly Ann Trenor during her 2008 murder trial.

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Jamaica Beach police officer C. Milo questions Michael Lynn Johnston, 54, of Arlington, Tex- as after he crashed into two oth- er cars then ran off the highway and hit a traffic sign. He was jailed for DWI and negligent col- lision. Police records indicated previous DWI convictions. (Police News Photo)

Police News reporter Marcie Ellis visits with Sgt. Trey Rusk of the Galveston County Auto Crimes Task Force. Rusk is driving a vehicle equipped with com- puter-connected cameras that scan license plates as he drives along. The com-

puter in his vehicle immediately alerts him if a stolen car is detected. (Police News Photo)

Sorry, I Can’t do That! A police officer pulls over this guy who had been weaving in and out of the lanes. He goes up to the guy’s window and says, “Sir, I need you to blow into this breathalyzer tube.” The man says, “Sorry officer I can’t do that. I am an asthmatic. If I do that I’ll have a really bad asthma attack.” “Okay, fine. I need you to come down to the station to give a blood sample.” “I can’t do that either. I am a hemophiliac. If I do that, I’ll bleed to death.” “Well, then we need a urine sample.” “I’m sorry officer I can’t do that either. I am also a diabetic. If I do that I’ll get really low blood sugar.” “Alright then I need you to come out here and walk this white line.” “I can’t do that, officer.” “Why not?” “Because I’m too drunk to do that.”

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