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Bostian Murder Trial – Wednesday Morning Summary

January 11th, 2013 by

Day 2 of the Jackey Bostian first degree murder trial for the death of his 7 week old son began at 9 am.

Prosecution began the day by calling the infant’s maternal grandfather, Phillip Morris, who first noticed a “glassy look” in the baby’s eyes on February 1, 2011.

At 9:10, the defense attorney, Sara Hartness, began questioning him about his daughter’s anxiety issues.  Morris repeated that Jessica’s doctors were “MD’s”;  Hartness showed him  a Google listing showing them with psychiatry as their medical specialty.

Morris described the ACH doctor’s description as “the baby’s injuries are like he hit a windshield at 60 MPH.”

He also told the court that ACH had questioned him about possible abuse of Jessica, when she was 11.

Morris was excused at 9:25, and an ambulance attendee was called to testify about comments Jessica’s mom made on the transfer to ACH, including that Jessica was treated there as a child for psychiatric / anxiety issues.

At 9:30, an EMT from the 911 call response told about the IO puncture that was done to start the IV.  He testified that it was only a puncture, and wouldn’t have caused a break.

Spain had him clarify that the IO puncture didn’t affect the child’s collarbone, thigh, or foot.

The court took a recess at 9:45.

Court resumed at 10:00, with an RN from ACH testifying that she had seen Jackey picking up Ridley’s right arm and shaking it, but when cross-examined, records about the event didn’t reflect any shaking taking place.

Court was recessed at 10:15, waiting on the next scheduled witness to arrive from Little Rock.

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At 10:40, a child abuse social worker from ACH took the stand.  She testified that there were “inconsistencies” between the descriptions of events and the child’s injuries.  She told the court that Jackey had a “small smile or smirk on his face” as the family was being  told about the infant’s injuries.  She also confirmed that Jessica had told the medical staff that Jackey dealt better with Ridley than she did.

She added that records state Jessica said that she noticed the child’s head snap slightly, when Jackey was shaking him, so she helped hold his head still.
 
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At 11:10, the medical examiner who performed the infants’s autopsy began to testify.  He estimated that the broken and fractured bones (collarbone, foot, tibia, and knee area) were 10 days to 2.5 weeks old.  None of those injuries caused Ridley’s death.
 
The death was caused by “closed head injury” complications causing “brain death”, which led to “cardiac arrest”.
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The autopsy revealed 2 scabs on the rear top of the head, directly above internal hemorages.
 
He also testified that falling off of a couch may produce bruises, but wouldn’t cause “skeletal  trauma”, like a broken clavicle and leg injuries.
 
The autopsy outcome declared the death as “homicide”, meaning “another person caused the victim’s death.”.
 
During defense questioning, he explained that he felt the “blunt force trauma” was one impact, leaving three close impact points.  He also said that he felt the impact was “hard enough for the skin to be scraped and bruised, and the bone to be bruised.”
 
Questioning continued about whether injuries occurred at the same time or at different times.  He described the first injury as “non-fatal”, and the second injury as “fatal.”
Hartness asked him if he had earlier clarified this point in an effort to point to abuse.
She then asked him if he had a history of changing his opinion, mentioning an issue in the famous Nona Dirksmeyer murder case, on north Arkansas, over “right-handed” and “using his right hand” testimony.
 
The court took lunch break at 12:30.
 
 

One Response to “Bostian Murder Trial – Wednesday Morning Summary”

  1. RE: Valerie Ponder says:

    Your comment was “As a news media outlet, you should be unbiased. Please take care that the words you use in your news releases don’t show bias. Should this young man be found innocent, you may inadvertently turn many people against him”

    I agree that all news media should be unbiased when reporting however, this was not Monticello Lives opinion they were simply quoting what a child abuse social worker from ACH said in her testimony.

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