Crawford Trial Begins
Crawford is accused of beating his five year old son Coreyon Graham to death in February of 2006. A medical examiner testified that the five year old died from multiple blunt impact injuries.
But, the defense says it wasn't Crawford who caused injuries.
Richard Crawford entered the court room to half a room full of supporters, all who saw through pictures the brutal beating Coreyon Graham had received before his death.
"He died from the multiple blunt impact injuries he sustained," said Julia Martin, Medical Examiner's Office.
But it's not the injuries that are being debated, but when they occurred and by whom.
"For the tremendous force to be inflicted on a five year old, would he not scream out or cry?! a five year old?" said James Tarquin, defense attorney.
Tarquin says that the worse beating came from Coreyon's grandmother and guardian, Alnethia Coley, who took the stand after break.
But Coley says Coreyon was fine until she dropped him off at his father's on February 15th.
"At that particular day, they had gotten their Valentine's cards candy and what not from school, and after Coreyon exchanged him he played with his friends. Then, he wanted to go to his father's house," said Coley.
But instead of going to school the next day as planned, Coley said she got a call from Crawford saying that Coreyon was sick and wasn't going to school, but the hospital.
"I understood Coreyon was sick, really really sick," said Coley.
But she says when she got to the hospital, she learned Coreyon had died.
"I called Richard on the phone, and I was cursing at him. And I was really really upset and I said something like, what did you do to my baby but I used some explicit words," said Coley.
The medical examiner said the marks on Coreyon's body appeared to come from a belt and a fist, and were the same kind of injuries a person would receive from falling off a fourth floor building.
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