Defense Calls First Witness In Patterson Murder Trial

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The prosecution rested and the defense called its first witness in Joseph Patterson’s murder trial in Canton Monday afternoon. Patterson is accused of 2nd degree murder in the death of Adrian Peterson’s son in October of 2013.

In a matter of five days, the group of 16 jurors heard from two of Patterson’s ex-girlfriends, including the victim’s mother and the mother of his child. They also heard from two babysitters, two police officers, a paramedic and eight medical doctors.

On Day 5 in the Joseph Patterson murder trial, the state called just two more witnesses, both medical professionals who examined Tyrese Ruffin after he stopped breathing and suffered subdural brain and retinal hemorrhages while in Patterson’s care. Dr. Bonnie Bunch, a Pediatric Neurologist who performed brain death exams on the 2-year-old, testified “The baby was brain dead”.

Dr. Nancy Free, a Child Abuse Pediatrician and Medical Director at Child’s Voice, also testified Monday. After looking at the medical evidence and performing a Suspected Child Abuse Neglect or SCAN Consultation, she concluded that Ty suffered blunt force trauma to the head.

After hearing from at least 15 people, the defense was able to call its first witness, also a medical professional.

Dr. Julie Mack from Pennsylvania took the stand Monday afternoon. The Pediatric Radiologist studies and has written articles on the dural membrane. When asked “Why the dural would bleed in the absence of trauma?” She replied, “Not sure, but we know it happens.” Mack says there are multiple factors can end up in dysfunction of the brain. She testified that if the capillaries are exposed to too much pressure, they can spontaneously bleed.

The defense is arguing that a combination of Ty choking on a fruit snack, prolonged CPR, a drug given to the toddler while in the hospital called Heparin, and a blood clotting disorder caused the bleeding called Coagulation, which ultimately led to Ty’s death.