Jury selection began Monday for the trial of Michael David Kildow Jr., who was charged with reportedly stabbing his father repeatedly in 2014.
The trial is being held in the 358th Judicial District Court, presided over by Judge W. Stacy Trotter. Bob Garcia Jr. is listed as Kildow’s court-appointed attorney, and District Attorney Bobby Bland said Assistant Ector County District Attorneys Bill Prasher and Melissa Williams will prosecute the case.
Police first arrested Kildow, 29, after a nearly 30-minute standoff with police and charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony, in September of 2014 in the 2800 block of East 11th Street after reportedly stabbing his 55-year-old father, Michael Kildow Sr., several times with a knife following a domestic dispute.
Police blocked off the street to prevent anyone from coming near, as Kildow barricaded himself into the residence for about half an hour before turning himself into the police, and was taken into custody without incident.
Next-door neighbors previously said officials told them at the scene Kildow had stabbed his father about seven times on the back of his head, arms and shoulders.
A woman living next door to the Kildows previously told the Odessa American she and her family would supervise their children when they played outside because they were fearful of Kildow.
“Sometimes he’d just stop there and look at the kids and it would just freak us out,” she had said.
Bland said if Kildow were to be found guilty, he would be sentenced anywhere between five and 99 years in prison.
Jail records show Kildow is currently being held in the Ector County Detention Center and has a $100,000 bond.