Patterson was ’emotional, legitimately concerned’: Police Sgt. Testifies At Trial

Defense Calls Only One Witness On Day 7

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It was a short day in Day 7 of the trial for the man accused of killing Adrian Peterson’s biological son. The defense called only one witness Wednesday to testify about Joseph Patterson’s demeanor on the day Tyrese Ruffin was injured.

Sioux Falls Police Sgt. Darren McClary testified that he was the supervisor in charge on the evening of October 9, 2013. He said when he responded to the report of a choking at  Patterson’s apartment, two other officers were already there. At that time, 2-year-old Tyrese Ruffin had already been taken away in an ambulance, with his mother Ashley Doohen.

McClary testified that Patterson was ’emotional, legitimately concerned’ for the well being of Ty, a response that he felt was appropriate with a medical emergency. That’s why McClary said police didn’t believe it was a crime scene and Patterson was the one who secured the apartment that night.

The defense asked McClary when his opinion changed. He said it wasn’t until he talked to Sgt. Jessica Speckmeier later that night; not until he learned that Ty’s injuries could have been the result of abusive head trauma.

The testimony only took a half hour.

The defense said they will rest until Thursday.

The trial will resume Thursday at 8 a.m. beginning with testimony from a witness via the telephone. The attorneys will have a day to themselves on Friday. Monday, they will have a chance to refute evidence and expect to give their closing arguments on Tuesday.