Experts disagree at murder trial
The defense team wrapped up its case Monday in the murder-by-child-abuse case against Charles Weimer, but the case will not be considered by jurors until after closing arguments this morning.
Comanche County District Court Judge Emmit Tayloe said he expected closing arguments from Assistant District Attorney Irma Newburn and defense attorneys Gerald Lee, James Hankins and Johnny Lombardi to take some time, so he didn't want to send jurors out to deliberate on such a weighty matter so late in the evening.
Weimer was charged after the medical examiner determined 2-year-old J.P. Gonzalez Jr. died in January 2012 from blunt force trauma to the head, neck and abdomen. Dr. Inas Yacoub, who performed the autopsy on the boy, testified Friday she did not believe such injuries could have been caused by a fall.
But a forensic pathologist for the defense testified Monday that these conclusions were not sound. Dr. Thomas Young, who was chief medical examiner for more than 11 years in Jackson County, Miss., testified he reviewed the victim's autopsy report, medical records and police investigation reports before testifying. Young said when trying to build a scenario to explain a death, it's "essential" to take into consideration witness accounts of what happened prior to the death.