Man accused in 3-year-old Evan Brewer's death heading to trial

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The man accused of murdering his girlfriend's 3-year-old son last year is heading to trial

Stephen Bodine is accused of torturing and killing Evan Brewer, whose remains were found encased in concrete at a home on South Vine Street on September 2, 2017.   

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The ruling comes a day after Brewer's mother detailed the alleged torture her son endured at the hands of Stephen Bodine. In exchange for her testimony, Miranda Miller will plead guilty to second-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, child abuse and aggravated endangerment of a child. 


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A mother jailed in the death of her 3-year-old son took the stand Monday to testify against her boyfriend at his preliminary hearing. 

Stephen Bodine is charged with first-degree murder Evan Brewer's death. The boy's remains were found encased in concrete at a home on South Vine Street on September 2, 2017.   

Evan's mother, Miranda Miller, took a plea agreement to testify against Bodine. She's pleading guilty to second-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, child abuse and aggravated endangerment of a child. 

At Monday's hearing, the prosecution played various audio recordings from Bodine's home. Bodine could be heard yelling at Brewer. The boy could also be heard crying or screaming. 

Screenshots of video recordings were also presented as evidence. They appeared to show a naked Evan Brewer with what a Wichita police detective said was a belt or collar around the boy's neck.

Miller later took the stand and told the court Bodine killed her son. She told prosecutors she was there when Evan died and shared responsibility for his death. 

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The hearing was scheduled to continue Tuesday morning. 

Bodine and Miller were arrested days before Evan's body was discovered. The boy had been the subject of a custody battle for months.  

Evan's grandfather, former Wichita mayor and gubernatorial candidate Carl Brewer, released the following statement on Monday's hearing:

A preliminary hearing began today for the two individuals accused of the murder of my grandson, Evan Brewer. This is heartbreaking for me and my family. The safeguards that are supposed to be in place failed him. And they have failed, and are continuing to fail, countless other innocent children.

Simply put, the system is broken. And our children, the ones we should be protecting the most, are suffering.

Child abuse cases like Evan’s brings to light the catastrophic problem that is affecting our entire state. Thousands of Kansas children suffer physical and emotional trauma but their cries are unheard. We need to increase funding to public safety agencies, like DCF, so more case workers can better investigate. We also must have accountability and transparency by those organizations charged to protect these children. The safety of Kansas children is a responsibility that belongs to all of us.

This is the only statement I will be making about Evan’s case at this time.

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