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 sexual assault of his 8-month-old grandson Isaih 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
Status: Today is the second day of testimony
What’s happening today: Jurors viewed post-mortem photographs of the boy’s injuries and heard from Dr. Ruth Kohlmeier, who performed the autopsy.
Kohlmeier testified that the child died of blunt force trauma to the head. His injuries were not accidental, she said.
Kohlmeier said she saw no evidence of any old injuries. Wilson also had bruises on his back and buttocks, she said. All of the injuries would have occurred at about the same time, she said.
“Were the injuries consistent with a rolling off a bed?” Deputy District Attorney Laurel Huston asked Kohlmeier.
“No” the doctor replied.
“Were they consistent with an adult falling on top of the child?” Huston asked.
“No” Kohlmeier said.
Could they have been caused by the child accidently hitting a kitchen counter after someone dropped him the prosecutor asked.
Again, Kohlmeier replied no.
All three of those scenarios were among the explanations that Allmon gave to paramedics and investigators after he called 911 to report a child having difficulty breathing.
Allmon’s public defenders will cross examine Kohlmeier this morning. She no longer works for the coroner’s office.
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