Defendant: Willie B. Allmon
Charges: first-degree murder, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust
The allegation: Allmon is accused in the fatal beating and sex assault of his 8-month-old grandson Isiah Melik Wilson, on May 18, 2009 while babysitting the child. The boy died the next day.
Judge: Fourth Judicial District Judge Barney Iuppa
Prosecutors: Laurel Huston, Melissa Young
Public Defenders: Cynthia Jones, Todd Johnson
Jury: 10 men, 4 women (includes two alternates)
Status: First day of testimony
What’s happening today : Two paramedics testified this morning about responding to Allmon’s home at 46 N. Albion on a report of a child having difficulty breathing.
Christopher Cruz of American Medical Response said he arrived at the home within 4 minutes of being dispatched. He found Allmon trying to resuscitate the child on the blue carpeted floor of a neatly furnished bedroom.
Allmon seemed “distraught and disconnected,” Cruz said. He said the child had been down for about 10 minutes at that point.
The child was not breathing and completely limp, Cruz said. Paramedics were able to restart his heartbeat before rushing him to Memorial Hospital.
Security firefighter Zachary Haslett said Allmon told firefighters he had passed out while changing the child’s diaper.
“He kept repeating over and over again that he had taken Percocet and woke up on the baby,” Haslett said.
Haslett said Allmon told them he was feeling light headed and had a history of hypertension and lower back pain.
At first Allmon resisted going to the hospital to be checked out, but later agreed to go with an ambulance crew, Haslett said.