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Death penalty trial begins for man accused of beating son

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The death penalty trial for a Charlotte man accused of beating his 23-month-old toddler got underway Monday morning.

26-year-old Andre Hampton appeared in court wearing his jail issued orange jumpsuit. He showed little emotion.

Police say Hampton beat Elijah Burger over a two-day period in 2008. The boy was found inside an extended stay motel where the family was living on South Tryon Street.

Lashinna Burger, Elijah's mom, also appeared in court Monday. She is expected to testify.

Hampton's attorneys, Norman Butler and Joe Von Kallist, filed several pre-trial motions to limit evidence and chart the course of the trial. Judge Forrest Bridges agreed with the defense team to limit some of the photographs showing Elijah's body, for fear of playing on the jurors' emotions.

Assistant District Attorneys Bill Stetzer and Bill Bunting will try to argue aggravating factors in Elijah's death. Stetzer leads the homicide team for the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office.

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