For the second time in 15 years, a judge has ordered Cesar Deanda to stand trial on child abuse charges in the death of a 17-month-old Colorado Springs boy.
Fourth Judicial District Judge Deborah Grohs today found there was probable cause to try Deanda in the April 1, 1995 death of his then-girlfriend’s son Donivan Bader.
The coroner ruled that the death was the result of the child being violently shaken. A jury convicted Deanda in May 1996 and he was sentenced to 32 years in prison.
However in September the Colorado Court of Appeals overturned the conviction after ruling that his original defense attorney had a conflict of interest.
On Wednesday, the boy’s grandmother Mary Bader again testified during a preliminary hearing.
“You know what, it’s like it just happened again,” she said, after being assisted to the witness stand. “I remember every little detail.”
After the boy’s death, Bader led a campaign against child abuse in Colorado Springs.
For more on this story, stay tuned to Gazette.com Here is a videotaped interview with Bader outside the courtroom.