How Prosecutors Rested in the Aaron Thompson Trial
For four weeks, jurors have heard testimony regarding Aaron Thompson, in how he was abusive to children and how one victim, his daughter Aarone, wasn't there to tell her story. As prosecutors rested their case yesterday, having failed to ever produce little Aarone's body, Thompson's defense attorneys asked Arapahoe County District Judge Valeria Spencer to toss the case---in which one of the charges Thompson faces is abuse of Aarone's corpse--because of insufficient evidence (via The Denver Post). Thompson's attorneys argued that the only testimony linking their client to the death of his daughter came from a dead woman---his former live-in girlfriend, Shely Lowe, who died of a long illness--and a jail inmate who said he overheard Thompson boasting about Aarone's murder behind bars. But the defense strategy failed, with the judge concluding that Thompson shouldn't be acquitted because he "had knowledge" of the charges he's facing. Before resting, the prosecution, which called 100 witnesses, reviewed the case, highlighting the especially determined work by investigators in Aurora and the stories told by children who claimed they were beaten (via 7News).
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