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Opening statements begin in Adrian Thomas trial


TROY, N.Y. - Opening statements have begun in the re-trial against a Troy man accused in the death of his infant son.

Statements were expected to begin Wednesday, but were delayed as a judge decided about use of evidence. On Thursday, the jury heard opening statements and witness testimony began after.

The prosecution says Thomas forcibly threw the child onto a bed, causing the head trauma that killed him.

"This was not the result of any type of accident. This was inflicted trauma," said ADA Christa Book. 

The defense says they've got it wrong, the baby died from sepsis. Here's what each side told the jury.

"They're coming into the autopsy with a preconceived notion that this child was murdered, that's exactly what they're doing," said defense lawyer Steve Coffey. 

On Tuesday, a jury of 12 was seated, and four alternate jurors were seated on Wednesday morning. Opening statements were expected to begin at 2 p.m. However, the statements were pushed back because the prosecution says it found letters from an inmate who was incarcerated with Thomas.

The inmate wrote that Thomas admitted to him that he killed his infant son.

The defense doesn't want the letters admitted. The judge declined to rule on the letters until Thursday at 10 a.m.

In 2009, Adrian Thomas, 31, was convicted of killing his 4-month-old son, Matthew.

During interrogations, police say Thomas confessed to violently throwing the child on a bed, killing him. However,Thomas' attorneys argued that the confession was forced because police allegedly lied to Thomas to get him to admit guilt.

In February, the state court of appeals agreed that the confession was force and they unanimously tossed the conviction, ordering a new trial. Jury selection began on Tuesday.

During the re-trial, the interrogation video cannot be used as evidence.

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