Closing arguments in Denby murder trial begin Friday

by Brandon Richards bio | email

DERIDDER, LA (KPLC-TV) – Day four in the murder trial of Jeffrey Denby turned out to be the shortest session so far, as the State of Louisiana rested its case against Denby and the defense announced it would not be calling any witnesses of its own.

Denby's facing life in prison if convicted in the death of the 18-month-old son of his girlfriend.

On Thursday morning, jurors heard testimony from the state's eighth and final witness, the detective who interviewed Denby a few days after the 18-month-old toddler's beating. Jurors also watched video of the interview, which lasts well over an hour.

In the video, Denby admitted to beating the child, as he had in the first video jurors watched on Wednesday.  In the second video, Denby also learned about the toddler's death.

Upon learning of the child's death from detectives, Denby starts crying in the video, but according to the detective interviewing him, Denby "didn't shed a tear."

In the video, Denby said he lost control after the boy wouldn't stop crying and "babbling."  Denby said he kept telling himself "I need to stop…I need to stop" while he was beating the boy.

Judge Martha O'Neal announced court was adjourned until Friday at 9:30 A.M., when closing arguments will begin.

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