Jury Returns Verdict In Infant Homicide Trial
A Juneau jury has found David J. Paul not guilty on a single count of second degree murder with extreme indifference to the value of human life.
Paul has been found guilty of manslaughter.
The Superior Court jury delivered the verdict just a few minutes ago.
The 24-year-old Paul has been on trial for causing the death, possibly by shaking, of four-month old Rian Orr, the daughter of his then-girlfriend Jaki Orr. The baby died in August 2010, with brain injuries. The trial lasted more than three weeks. The jury began deliberating late Thursday afternoon.
Paul’s defense stipulated to aggravators of the crime occurring to a most vulnerable person of a very young age and as member of the same social unit,
Sentencing has been scheduled for all day on September 5th. But public defender Eric Hedland signaled that he intends to file another motion for judgment of acquittal on the manslaughter charge.
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