Jury acquits Theodore man charged with murder of toddler while potty training | Mobile County Alabama News
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – A jury said a man from Theodore on Friday charged with beating an not guilty toddler to death.
The Mobile County Circuit Court jury returned a unanimous verdict in the Willie Anthony Burton capital murder trial in the afternoon, after hearing arguments from both sides. Had been convicted, Burton would have faced life in prison without the possibility of parole.
“The jury has spoken,” Mobile County Deputy Chief Prosecutor Keith Blackwood told FOX10 News. “We respect the verdict.
Prosecutors alleged Burton became frustrated in August 2018 as he tried to coach Kye Freeman, his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.
A medical examiner testified this week that the child was beaten to the head and abdomen, and that the injuries were consistent with an intentional act. The medical examiner also said the beatings tore the boy’s intestines, leaving him in shock.
Burton, 34, testified in his own defense on Thursday. He admitted to having “jumped” the child on the bottom when he got out of the toilet. But the accused denied beating him.
The defense insinuated that one of the victim’s other adult relatives who lived in the house on Elmo Avenue must be responsible.
This is a developing story.
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