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Trial delayed for man accused of killing his son Nakota Kelly

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Posted at 5:53 PM, Jan 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-12 18:47:32-05

INDIANAPOLIS — A judge on Wednesday postponed the murder trial for the man accused of killing his son, Nakota Kelly.

Marion County prosecutors say Anthony Dibiah smothered Nakota at a west-side apartment on July 18, 2020.

Marion Superior Court Judge Shatrese M. Flowers scheduled Dibiah's murder trial to begin March 21, records show. The trial had been set to begin Jan 24.

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Nakota Kelly

“Oh, I’m dead,” records say Nakota, 10, told his mother days before he left for that last court-ordered weekend visit with his father. “Don’t expect me to come home. My dad is going to kill me.”

Read the WRTV exclusive Nakota's story:
Part 1 | Love and lies: How a single mom from Wabash fell in love with a man with five names;
Part 2 | 'Unsubstantiated': DCS investigated at least five abuse complaints against Nakota Kelly's father;
Part 3 | The last visit: Nakota Kelly's short life ends in violence at his father's home

Dibiah, prosecutors say, smothered his son, disposed of the boy's body and fled in his Jeep. Detective found blood and other evidence in Dibiah's apartment in a complex near West 10th Street and I-465.

Dibiah drove through Indiana and Illinois before police caught him in Missouri. They have not found Nakota's body.

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Anthony Dibiah

Dibiah has been held in the Marion County Jail since Aug. 2, 2020, records show.

Contact WRTV reporter Vic Ryckaert at or on Twitter: @vicryc.