Convictions Affirmed in Homicide by Child Abuse Case

State v. Courtney Thompson

State v. Robert Guinyard

The appellants were tried jointly and convicted of homicide by child abuse (HCA) and unlawful conduct towards a child.

1) Appellants argued that their motions for directed verdict were improperly denied. The COA rejected this argument, saying that there was substantial circumstantial evidence regarding both charged counts for both defendants (i.e. medical evidence showing injuries over time, a bloody shirt found in the defendants’ house, and the parents’ admitted presence during the fatal beating).

2) Appellants argued that the admission of graphic photos of the victim was error. The COA rejected this argument, holding that the pictures were not unfairly prejudicial under Rule 403.

Read the full opinion here.

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