Jury deciding fate of man accused of killing infant son

Posted at: 06/11/2014 12:07 PM
Updated at: 06/11/2014 5:40 PM
By: WNYT Staff

TROY - The jury is now weighing the fate of the Troy man accused of killing his infant son.          

Jurors will decide if Adrian Thomas caused the death of his son or if the baby died of a bacterial infection.

The jury began its deliberations around 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Both sides summed up the case for jurors. The prosecution said Thomas deliberately caused the death of his son. The defense said the baby died as a result of an infection.

“There's no trauma here,” said Defense Attorney Steve Coffey.

Right from the beginning of his summation, Defense Attorney Steve Coffey hammered at the medical aspect of this case.

“The hypothesis is trauma, they come up with trauma and they said we're going to go with that,” said Coffey.

Trauma to the head is what prosecutors say caused the death of 4 month old Matthew Dante Thomas back in 2008.

“Matthew Thomas died of head injury and the defendant caused them,” Prosecutor Christa Book argued.

The defendant was the victim's father Adrian Thomas, 32. Prosecutors say he was bouncing the baby on a bed and the young victim fell to the ground.

Throughout the trial, prosecutors brought in medical experts to support the evidence. However, the defense also had a few experts of its own who said little Matthew died of a bacterial infection called sepsis. Coffey says somewhere down the line, someone got it all mixed up.

“This is the reason we're here that's because someone made a mistake. From that point on the entire sequence of events,” he argued.

Coffey also questioned the credibility of who he says is the prosecution's top witness -- William Terry. Prosecutors say terry was in the county jail with Thomas when Thomas admitted to killing his son. Coffey says terry is a professional criminal with a long rap sheet.

“I've lied my entire life, he told you this. He's got seven different aliases,” said Coffey.

“Is he a criminal? Yes he is. Is he a convicted felon? Yes he is,” said Book.

However, Book says terry's testimony is solid and he had information only Thomas could have told him.