Georgia Supreme Court justices have issued statements to two Forsyth County men confirming convictions for beating their friends’ children to death.
In summaries of the submissions, the judges upheld the convictions of Christopher Everett Truett of Butts County, who was found guilty of beating his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son to death in 2014, and Eder Acosta, a Forsyth County resident who found guilty in the US of beating the death of his girlfriend’s 6-year-old son with special needs in 2009.
Truett, previously convicted of malicious murder, criminal murder, aggravated battery and child cruelty and sentenced to life without parole for malicious murder and 20 years imprisonment for serving child cruelty at the same time, argued that he should have done so a new trial “because the Forsyth County Supreme Court judge wrongly refused to allow him to ask his character witnesses if they were comfortable with his children or if they were specific cases of good character.”
“Truett was the only adult present at home when [the child] He died, did not seek medical help for Wyatt despite his apparent serious injuries, and even hesitated to call 911 afterward [the child’s mother] arrived, ”wrote Judge Michael P. Boggs unanimously. Then he fled the scene, deactivated his cell phone and tried to evade the police. Any error by the court in limiting the testimony was therefore harmless, as it is very likely that such an error did not contribute to the judgments. “
The request for retrial was denied by a court “which found that a mistake in excluding the controversial evidence was harmless”.
Following legal proceedings, Truett had a romantic relationship with the child’s mother for several weeks before moving in with her and their two children.
On February 24, 2014, the 2-year-old was not feeling well after getting up the night before with stomach problems.
The child’s mother testified at the previous trial that “Truett woke her that morning and said that one of the family dogs pushed the little boy down the stairs. She only saw a bruise over his eye, but otherwise it seemed fine to her. “
Truett stayed with the boy while his mother went to work and the next day she noticed scratches in her son’s eyes and made a doctor’s appointment for him. Before she left, the child cried and didn’t want her to go.
While the mother was at work, Truett started sending her texts saying that the toddler didn’t like him, had tantrums, injured himself, got knocked over by the dog again and fell in the tub and injured himself had before he sent a message that said, “Come home. Something is wrong.”
When she arrived, she found the toddler lying on the sofa unresponsive, “with blood coming out of his mouth. He had bruises all over his face and body that weren’t there when she left that morning. “
The child’s mother called 911 and Truett left before the emergency services arrived.
“A paramedic who was later on site testified that [the toddler] appeared already dead, but he and others continued to try to resuscitate him when they took him to the hospital. “The ambulance concluded that the child had been dead for more than an hour when he arrived at the hospital.
During the trial of Truett, the medical examiner who performed the autopsy testified that the child had “suffered severe, multiple, and extensive injuries from beating, crushing, twisting, and choking” and that the child’s death “from blood loss was an 8 – was. A centimeter injury to his liver, which she described as “huge” and “heavy,” which resulted in 20 percent of his blood supply pooling in his abdomen. “
The coroner came to the conclusion that the child had “multiple blunt violent injuries to the abdomen, such as B. Hitting or kicking, with blunt blow injuries to the head as a factor “and that the injuries were intentional.
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