Prosecutors turned to a physician to try to land a knockout punch to the defense in the Timothy Lewis capital murder trial. Wednesday, jurors heard from the Austin doctor who cared for Tyrone Fenner Jr, the little boy Lewis is accused of killing.
One of the highlights Wednesday was hours of audio tapes from when detectives questioned Lewis. The jury also heard from the Austin Children's hospital doctor who cared for Fenner during his last days.
Dr George Edwards testified that Fenner suffered severe brain swelling, fractured bones, and damage to his spleen and kidney. Edwards says it was ultimately the brain injuries which caused Fenner's death.
The damage to the defense came when Edwards said the injuries were not consistent with a fall from a toilet, which is what Lewis says happened.
Jurors also heard from the lead detective in the case. The prosecution played audio tapes of several interviews between detectives and Lewis.
On the tape Lewis sounds aggravated when police asked him about the possible abuse of Fenner. Lewis is also heard telling detectives it was Fenner's maternal grandmother who admitted hitting the boy.
A phone conversation between Lewis and Fenner's mother, Virginia Lewis, was also played for the court. Police say Virginia told them that Lewis had done something to her son, but that she didn't know exactly what. She's expected to take the stand Thursday or Friday.
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