Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Megan Martzen: "Shaken-baby syndrome" case. Her murder trial is dominated by contentious testimony. The Fresno Bee.

STORY: "Contentious testimony dominates Megan Martzen murder trial," by reporter Marc Benjamin, published in the Fresno Bee on February 6, 2013.

GIST: "Three people testified Wednesday afternoon that they saw Megan Martzen throwing up outside a Fresno hospital the day toddler Ella VanLeeuwen fell off Martzen's bed while the woman was baby-sitting. All three said they were testifying in Fresno County Superior Court after learning Martzen had testified earlier that day that she hadn't vomited Feb. 21, 2009 as Ella was being treated at Community Regional Medical Center. Martzen is charged with murder and child abuse leading to the death of 17-month-old Ella in Martzen's Reedley home. On cross-examination, all three said they were never interviewed by police or the Fresno County District Attorney's Office. None said they knew Martzen previously. In sometimes contentious testimony Wednesday, Martzen said a transcript of a police interview had errors and she denied making some statements documented by police."

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