Murder trial draws to a close
PRINCETON, KY- There it sat- in front of the judge's bench in Caldwell Circuit court- a crib. It was not occupied by a baby, rather a C-P-R doll.
It is the same crib the defense team of Jesse Allison claims led to the death of his infant daughter, Ariel. It is the same crib the jury watched reduce a mother to tears as testimony from the first trial played Wednesday.
In the video, Marae Allison testified then husband, Jesse called her 'stupid' for getting pregnant.
Months later when the baby turned up dead she says she knew immediately something was not right.
Ariel, just 7 months old, died at home in Princeton back in September 2009. Investigators say her father smothered her to death.
A jury deadlocked 6-to-6 on Jesse Allison's case in September 2011, which prompted this week's re-trial.
Like Marae Allison, investigators, as seen in the tapes, had similar questions.
"I can't break this down, I can't see how this happened," the jury heard an officer tell Allison in the police tapes.
But Allison said of his story she was wedged in between the bars and mattress of the crib, "We've caught her like this numerous times."
He was adamant he was not to blame, referencing the way he cared for his stepson and daughter, "If you saw me around him, saw me around her you wouldn't suspect me."
It is what defense attorney Jack Faust had spent the past 2 days arguing. On Wednesday, he told the court the C.P.R. baby had no business in the crib.
"There's no muscle, no fat, no independent movement," he said, before launching into the argument the investigators' entire case was a series of experiments and guesses.
But later in the day, medical examiner, Dr. Deidre Schluckbier said it was not guesses, it was factual. Baby Ariel's injuries were not consistent with an accident. She said the baby died from "intentional asphyxiation."
But now, its up to the jury to weigh Jesse Allison's words, "Kids love me, I love kids."
The defense plans to call their one and only witness Thursday. The video testimony from Dr. George Nichols- a medical expert who testified at the first trial will be played for the jury. Jack Faust says there is also a possibility he will call on Detective Brian Ward- who handled the investigation for the Princeton Police Department.