A cell phone trail
Both sides in the first-degree murder/sex assault trial of Willie B. Allmon made use of an extensive record of phone call and text messages between his daughter Felicia Allmon and her ex-boyfriend.
Deputy District Attorney Melissa Young used the tower locations of the calls to track Felicia Allmon’s 14-hour drive from Killeen, Texas to Colorado Springs as a way to prove her whereabouts.
On the morning her 8-month-old son Isiah was killed, those calls showed she was heading to her mother’s house an hour before her father called to report Isiah had stopped breathing. That meant the boy was alone with his grandfather at Willie Allmon’s Widefield home for the hour in which prosecutors say the child was fatally injured.
Deputy Public Defender Todd Johnson used the sheer volume of calls and messages to illustrate the turmoil of Felicia Allmon’s life in the hours leading up to her son’s death.
Felicia Allmon testified during the trial that her relationship with Isiah’s dad was over. She also said they were able to settle a dispute over the Pontiac she used to drive Isiah and his older brother to Colorado.
Johnson challenged that testimony by going one-by-one through the call record.
“Look at that,” he said, showing the calls on a projector screen. “This isn’t over folks.”
What the video said (or didn’t)
Both sides also gave their own interpretation of the 3 hour plus videotaped interrogation of Willie Allmon by El Paso County Detective Bill Otto.
Johnson asked the jurors to remember how Allmon was trying to provide an explanation after Otto tells him of the boy’s severe injuries.
“You saw Willie Allmon struggling with that,” Johnson said. “You saw Willie Allmon trying to figure out what had happened.”
“He’s praying to God to help him understand what happened on his watch based upon incomplete information and inaccurate information,” Johnson said.
Deputy District Attorney Laurel Huston had a different view of the tape.
“He’s struggling in the video because the story he was telling everybody wasn’t adding up,” she said.
Huston also pointed out something not in the video or in Allmon’s other statements.
She said he never asked about how Isiah was doing.
The trial resumes at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. Stay with The Sidebar for updates and the verdict.