Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bulletin: Adrian Thomas: New York State; Shaken baby syndrome case. Jury begins deliberations; Absense of two doctors raised by defence as a key factor in the case.

STORY: Jury begins to deliberate Adrian Thomas fate," by reporter Molli Eadie, published by the Record on June 12, 2014.

PHOTO-CAPTION: "John C. Turi, Rensselaer County Public Defender and Adrian Thomas listen to closings in the Adrian Thomas in his retrial for the alleged murder of his four-month old son in Rensselaer County court ,Tuesday June 10, 2014."

 GIST: " Jurors heard closing statements and began deliberations Wednesday in the retrial for Adrian Thomas, charged with second-degree murder for the death of his four-month-old son.........Prosecutors say the reason Matthew Thomas didn’t live to see his first birthday or snowfall was because his father bounced him on a bed until he fell on the ground, causing the head trauma which ultimately killed him. The defense contends the child died of sepsis, a full-body bacterial infection. Both prosecution and the defense brought in doctors, some who worked directly on the baby’s case, others from out of town. However, it was the absence of two doctors defense attorney Steve Coffey asked the jury to take note of. “Where’s Edge? Dr. Edge, are you here?” Coffey said loudly, looking around the courtroom. Edge treated the baby when he arrived at the hospital. ........Either they talked to Edge and they didn’t like what he was going to say, or maybe they forgot about him,” said Coffey. “There’s the white elephant that’s not in the room.”........"

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