Sunday, April 6, 2008

Defense Witness Says Child Could Have Died From Fall

SAN ANTONIO -- A former Florida medical examiner testified Thursday that an 11-week-old infant could have died from an accidental fall as part of the defense of a man on trial in connection with the death of his daughter.

Jerry Crisp, 19, is facing the death penalty in his capital murder trial for the 2005death of his infant daughter Jayden.

The defense called William Anderson, a former medical examiner in Orlando, Fla., to testify that a fall could have killed the baby, just as Crisp told police during his interview.

"In the studies where there is a short fall, the mechanism of death basically is always subdural hematoma," Anderson said.

The Bexar County medical examiner testified last week that the child died from significant blunt force trauma.

Both sides have rested their cases and closing arguments are expected to begin next week.

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