Arguments were heard in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday in the ongoing case of a man accused of hurting a baby so severely that she died from her injuries.
David J. Paul, 23, is charged with manslaughter and two counts of murder for allegedly causing the death of Rian Orr. The four-month old baby passed away in August 2010.
A judge threw out the original charges in June because Paul’s attorney successfully argued that Paul may’ve been coerced during interviews with police investigators. A grand jury returned with a new indictment recharging Paul in July.
Wednesday’s arguments centered on whether the baby’s previous injuries could be considered as evidence related to later injuries that ended the baby’s life. Defense attorney Eric Hedland argued that it can only be “included if it’s found that Paul committed those prior injuries.” Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp says identification is not a concern since Paul puts himself at the time and place of injury. Instead, the pivotal question is whether the baby was accidentally injured or intentionally harmed.
- The vote allows road projects and other construction to move forward. It was the only piece of business for the six-hour special session.
- Derek Sikes is an associate professor of entomology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and insect curator at the Museum of the North. He said populations of various types of bugs can vary widely from year to year.
- Federal authorities are charging a Utah man in the murder of his wife aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Southeast Alaska. Kenneth Ray Manzanares, 39, of Santa Clara, Utah, is charged in the death of Kristy Manzanares, who died Tuesday.