February 5, 2006 - Posted at 2:50 p.m. CST
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) _ The jailhouse conversations of a man
charged with kidnapping his two children reveal he'd rather die
than tell authorities and his ex-wife what he did with them.
The trial of Daniel Porter starts Tuesday in Jackson County.
Authorities don't know if his children, seven-year-old Sam and
eight-year-old Lindsey, are alive.
The Kansas City Star reports today that in taped conversations
with his relatives, Porter says the more he's pressured to talk,
the less he'll tell authorities about what he did. He also says he
planned for at least a month to take the children, and that he
expects to be found guilty.
Jackson County prosecutors are declining to comment on the taped
Jury selection continues on Monday. If convicted, Porter faces
nearly 40 years in prison.