Testimony Wraps in Benefield Case

- Jurors could have a determination in the case against a Wichita Falls man accused of causing fatal injuries to his four-month-old son as early as tomorrow afternoon.

Today prosecutors called one last rebuttal witness to the stand to wrap up the testimony phase.

Dr. Daniel Davis, the medical examiner for Lane County, OR, testified this morning in the trial of Brent Benefield.

Benefield's charged with injury to a child causing death after his infant son, Lucas, died in February 2012.

Dr. Davis says Lucas was a battered baby and had a number of injuries to prove that, including a spiral arm fracture the child suffered when he was two-months-old.

Both Benefield and his wife, though, told doctors their then two-year-old son caused that injury.

The doctor says in a hypothetical situation where the mother left the home earlier in the morning and the baby was reported unresponsive around noon, the shaking incident would have occurred right before the baby was reported unresponsive.

Now throughout the course of the trial, the defense has blamed these injuries on Lucas' mother, Sarah Price.

They say Price suffered from Postpartum Depression and admitted to her counselor that she had thoughts of throwing the child out the window.

A defense expert witness also testified Lucas could have died because of a blood clot in his brain.

The witness stated x-rays of the child's brain showed blood was not flowing well in one of the veins.

On February 8, 2012, Benefield called police just after noon and said Lucas was unresponsive and bleeding from the mouth.

Price had left the home just before 8 that morning.

Lucas died four days later at Cook Children's Medical Center.

Autopsy results showed the cause of the child's death to be homicide and that he had multiple bleeds in his brain, which prosecutors say were caused by shaking, and multiple fractures, both new and old.

That includes a new rib fracture, which prosecutors say was caused by someone squeezing the four-month-old as that person was shaking him.

The defense, though, says that injury could have been caused by EMT's performing at least an hour of CPR on the infant.

Closing arguments are expected to begin tomorrow morning.

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