Posted: Nov 9, 2010 1:08 PM by Andy Koen
Updated: Nov 9, 2010 1:12 PM
A jury of nine men and 3 women will now decide the fate of a Widefield man accused of sexually assaulting and then killing his infant grandson.
Jurors heard closing arguments this morning in the case against Willie Allmon, 52, who is charged with first degree murder, second degree murder, sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust and sexual assault on a child in the death of 7 month old Isiah Wilson.
The child died shortly after being rushed to the hospital on May 18, 2009. The mother, Felicia Allmon, briefly left the child in her father's care. He called her an hour later to report that he was not breathing.
During closing arguments, prosecutors used telephone and cell phone to establish a timeline of events on the day the child was killed. They also showed photographs of Isiah's injuries to his head, back and anus. His skull was severly fractured and there were bruises on his back and his buttocks.
They also recounted testimony from doctors who provided care for Isiah at Memorial Hospital. Semen cells were found on samples taken from Isiah's pacifier, scrotum, in a soiled diaper and from Mr. Allmon's underwear that he was wearing that day.
In their closing arguments, Allmon's attorney said the case was about mistake assumptions. They pointed that investigators were not able to recover significant DNA samples and suggested that investigators had already made up their minds as to their client's guilt before investigating the facts.
They also suggested that Isiah's mother, Felicia had the motive and opportunity to injure the child. She had driven to Texas the week before to try to rekindle a relationship with the child's father but was rejected.
She returned to Colorado driving a car that belonged to him, and at one point it was suggested that he would report the vehicle as stolen. They suggested the fear of losing custody and the emotional stress of not being able to have a relationship with his father put her over the edge.
As for the physical evidence, they dismissed the injuries to Isiah's anus as being consistent with a hard stool, and they pointed out that investigators were not able to recover DNA from the samples taken from Isiah and his dirty diaper.