Accused Choate Abusers Divorcing

Estranged couple held in jail without bond

View Comments (


    Christian Choate's body was found in a shallow grave after he'd gone missing for two years. His father, Riley Choate (top right) and step-mother, Kimberly Leona Kubina, have been charged with murder.

    An Indiana couple charged with the abuse and murder of 13-year-old Christian Choate has been given a date for divorce.

    A Lake County Circuit Court magistrate will hear the divorce case of Riley Choate and Kimberly Kubina on Dec. 20, according to the Northwest Indiana Times.

    Choate, 39, and Kubina, 45, are both charged with murder, battery, neglect of a dependent and criminal confinement in the death of Choate's son, Christian. Kubina is the boy's stepmother.

    Christian Choate's body was uncovered in May behind his deceased grandmother's mobile home in Gary, Ind. Authorities believe he died in April 2009 after suffering years of abuse and even being kept in a dog cage secured with seven locks.

    Boy Was Beaten Before Dying, Stepsister Was Told

    [CHI] Boy Was Beaten Before Dying, Stepsister Was Told
    After two years of silence, a scared Christina Choate called her stepsister to tell of how her brother died. Her stepsister, Alyssa Nieto, notified other adults.

    Riley Choate reportedly filed for divorce Aug. 5. The estranged couple sits in the Lake County Jail, waiting for a Sept. 8 bail hearing.