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Closing arguments begin in the Adrian Thomas trial

Posted: Updated: Jun 11, 2014 11:52 AM

TROY, N.Y. - Closing arguments began at the Rensselaer County Courthouse in the Adrian Thomas murder trial on Wednesday.

The Troy man is accused of forcibly throwing his four month old son onto a bed, causing head trauma that killed him. The defense argued that an infection killed the infant, not trauma.

On Wednesday, Defense Attorney Steven Coffey went over testimonies of witnesses called by his team, which included doctors who diagnosed the baby of sepsis and ruled the baby's autopsy report inconclusive.

Coffey continued to question why the prosecution didn't call in certain expert doctors to take the stand. He went on to say the prosecution didn't call them in because the District Attorney's Office didn't like what they said or simply forgot about them.

Instead, Coffey claims the prosecution called in William Terry, an inmate who was incarcerated with Thomas for a period of time, who told the jury Thomas admitted to killing his son.

Coffey went onto argue the prosecution's witness, Dr. Sicarica, the medical examiner who performed the baby's autopsy, is wrong. The doctor ruled baby Matthew died of head trauma, but Coffey argues other experts think otherwise.

Closing arguments were heard by jurors who then deliberated for a couple hours before being excused for the day. The jury will reconvene 9 a.m. Thursday.

In 2009, a jury found Thomas guilty of second degree murder but the conviction was thrown out. This is a re-trial for Thomas.


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