Verdict Reached In The Crawford Trial
A serious looking Richard Crawford entered the courtroom Friday morning.
Crawford was accused of beating his five-year-old son, Coreyon Graham, to death. The incident happened on February 16, 2006.
After listening to several witnesses, medical examiners, and both sides of the argument, the twelve jurors unanimously agreed that 33-year-old Crawford was guilty of beating his son to death.
"We the jury find as follows as the defendant in this case the defendant is guilty of murder in the first degree and in indictment," said Judge William T. Swigert.
Both families of the victim and the defendant received the verdict with quiet tears.
"He was a great father," said Karen Rosigno, friend of Richard Crawford. "He loved his kids."
The defense pointed the finger at Coreyon's grandmother and legal guardian.
"Ms. Coley should be seated right there," said James Tarquin, defense attorney. "We got a neighbor who says Coley beat the child. She knows what she did."
Tarquin says he plans on appealing the decision.
And both sides played on the juror's emotions. The prosecution showed the jury the clothing Coreyon was wearing the day of his death.
"We talked about Coreyon Graham about his size"
And the defense used Coreyon's age and size in their argument as well.
"If this was some malicious beating with such tremendous force you're going to hear it," said Tarquin.
But all the jurors heard was guilty.
"It was clear they considered the evidence carefully because they wanted to hear specifically the 9-1-1 again. They asked for some gloves so they could examine some of the exhibits carefully."
The penalty phase will be held on June 23rd where prosecution will prevent evidence of any aggravating factors. Then, the jury will determine whether Crawford receives life in prison or death.
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