Shaken-baby murder trial may end Tuesday/Chase Cascio convicted of negligent homicide, sentenced to five years

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Post by mary.cole.144 on Tue May 15, 2012 1:04 pm

11:11 PM, May. 14, 2012

A 4th District Court jury on Tuesday is expected to hear closing arguments in the trial of Chase Cascio, the man accused of second-degree murder after he was arrested in 2009 for shaking his 2-month-old son to death in 2009 after an argument with his wife.

Cascio is charged with second-degree murder.

On Monday, defense attorney Darrell Oliveaux called prosecution witnesses Victoria Gillette and Rhonda Gillette, back to the stand to ask them to detail their relationships to the defendant; when they first noticed the bruises on the baby's body; and whether they had suspicions early on that Cascio could have inflicted the wounds.

Victoria Gillette is the baby's mother and Rhonda Gillette is the baby's grandmother.

Victoria Gillette confirmed that she had been dating Cascio before she became pregnant and the two eventually married. It was only after the marriage that arguments between them became more frequent, she said, though Cascio was never violent toward her. She confirmed her earlier testimony during which she said Cascio had handled the baby "very well" immediately after the baby was born, when she couldn't tend to the baby completely herself.

However, there were occasions during their marriage when verbal arguments would get so heated that she would leave to go to her parents' house, she said.

It was after a phone argument in June 2009 that Cascio picked the baby up from Victoria Gillette's grandmother's home. In a subsequent phone conversation, Victoria Gillette noticed Cascio sounded upset, and she could hear the baby crying, she said. It was as if he himself was about to cry, she said.

Cascio then told her something was wrong with the baby and they needed to go to the hospital. At the time, Victoria Gillette said she didn't think Cascio could have hurt the baby. Now, she's knows better, she testified Monday.

The News-Star files state that on June 3, 2009, an ambulance took the 2-month-old boy from Cascio's residence at 204 Kings Drive in West Monroe to Glenwood Regional Medical Center's emergency room, according to the police report.

After arriving at Glenwood, the infant was sent to the pediatric intensive care unit at St. Francis North Hospital. The injuries were too serious, physicians told the couple.

Officers and a child welfare specialist responded after the attending physician discovered large quantities of blood surrounding the infant's brain and subdural hematoma.

The attending physician noted that the infant was not responsive and not breathing on his own, reports stated.

The physician reportedly associated the injuries with Shaken Baby Syndrome.

According to police reports, the doctor noted that the baby also had broken ribs, but that the injury was older and healing.

An investigation into the incident revealed that the infant was in Cascio's care when Cascio made the 911 call for assistance during the afternoon, The News-Star files state.

On Monday, Oliveaux asked Victoria Gillette if she had noticed any of these bruises on the baby's body earlier, because expert witnesses — physicians — had testified that the bruises seemed at least four to seven days old, he said.

Victoria Gillette said she did not notice the bruises at or before the hospital.

When Oliveaux turned his questioning to the baby's grandmother, Rhonda Gillette confirmed that she didn't like Cascio since her daughter started dating him, and she tried to prevent them from dating. However, she said she knew that her daughter loved him.

"I tried real hard to like him," Rhonda Gillette said.

On the day the baby was rushed to the hospital, she confirmed that she overheard Cascio say: "Please forgive me, I didn't mean to do it."

Since the trial started three weeks ago, prosecuting attorneys Josephine Heller and Nick Anderson have called 11 witnesses including family members and experts such as local neurosurgeon Dr. Jose Bermudez, chief of St. Francis' pediatric intensive care unit Dr. Joaquin Rosales, and forensic pathologist Dr. Frank Peretti of the Arkansas Crime Lab, Heller said.

The prosecution rested its case last week and the defense rested its case Monday.

Closing arguments are scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Ouachita Parish Courthouse.

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Post by Wrapitup on Tue May 15, 2012 1:11 pm

Mary, Thanks for posting this. I noticed there isn't a lot on "Google". Horrific!!

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Post by raine1953 on Wed May 22, 2013 1:29 am

A jury on Tuesday found Chase Cascio guilty of negligent homicide in the death of his 2-month-old son, who was killed in June 2009.

After about five hours of deliberation, the jury came back with the guilty verdict that could put Cascio in prison for two to five years, said prosecuting attorney Josephine Heller.

The verdict on Tuesday followed closing arguments by both sides, focusing on whether it was Cascio who beat and shook the baby, whether he intended to harm the baby, the believability of witness testimonies and the timing of events. ...
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Post by raine1953 on Wed May 22, 2013 1:31 am

July 12, 2012 11:45 AM
MONROE (AP) — A West Monroe man convicted of negligent homicide for the death of his infant son has been sentenced to five years in prison.
The News-Star reports that Chase Cascio's sentence Wednesday was the maximum prison term he faced for his conviction. He isn't eligible for parole, probation or a suspended sentence.
A state jury convicted Cascio in May of killing his 2-month-old son, Roman, who died in June 2009.
The newspaper says a doctor who treated the child associated his injuries with Shaken Baby Syndrome.
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Post by raine1953 on Wed May 22, 2013 1:33 am

Only five years? angry
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