HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - This past year has been a grim one, with several high-profile criminal cases expected to head to trial in 2014. Several involving parents accused of killing or abusing their own children.
It shocked members of a small Huntsville neighborhood when the quiet man living down the street was arrested for charges of sexual torture and aggravated child abuse.
Carl Philip Herold is being held on a $1 million cash bond. Herold is accused of holding a child captive for eight months and accused of videotaping and photographing someone sodomizing and sexually torturing the 9-year old boy.
Charles Walker Dunnavant is also charged in connection with this case.
A preliminary hearing is set for January 8th.
Another high-profile case: Maurice Cartwright is expected to take the stand in the new year.
Cartwright is charged in the death of his young son, who died in may after Huntsville hospital ER staff observed the child showed signs of being choked and suffered brain trauma. The boy died during emergency surgery.
The death penalty is being pursued in the case of Stephen Marc Stone. The Huntsville man is accused of killing his 32-year-old wife and their 7-year-old son in their south Huntsville home.
The Madison County Coroner says the wife was strangled and the young son was strangled and drowned.
Stone will have a status hearing on February 7, 2014.
Finally, Henry Burrell will step before a judge on February 10th.
Burrell faces charges of capital murder for the October 2012 deaths of six people, including an unborn child.
In November, Zakkawanda Moss - the other man charged in the case, - was found guilty on 6 counts of first degree murder.
There are several other cases scheduled for 2014, as well as cases that have yet to lead to an arrest.
The first murder of 2013 still goes unsolved. Investigators are still working to make a break in that murder case of Alonzo McGhee.