OREGON CITY - The manslaughter trial of an Oregon City couple who claim they were following their religious beliefs in the death of their 15-month-old daughter was set to begin today after jury selection last week.
Carl and Raylene Worthington belong to the Followers of Christ Church, which has been investigated in the past for child deaths. Church members shun doctors in favor of spiritual healing.
The Worthingtons' daughter, Ava, died March 2, 2008, of pneumonia that the state medical examiner ruled antibiotics could have easily cured.
The couple already lost a round of defense motions in Clackamas County Circuit Court, including a claim they were targeted for prosecution because of their church.