CORPUS CHRISTI - The civil lawsuit in the beating death of a Corpus Christi toddler is one step closer to going to trial.
Plaintiffs in the case are set to choose expert witnesses who they'll call to testify once the trial starts.
You may remember, a jury convicted Juan Garza of capital murder for the death of his girlfriend's 21-month-old son back on New Year's Eve 2010. He's now serving life in prison.
The child's mother, Lorraine Rodriguez, accepted a plea deal on a charge of murder in exchange for a 25 year sentence.
The boy's father, Raul Ruiz, filed a lawsuit in federal court against Child Protective Services claiming his son would still be alive if they did their job.
Ruiz claims he called state officials several times to let them know his son was in danger.