SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The defense has rested in the trial of a South Dakota man accused of killing the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Twenty-nine-year-old Joseph Patterson has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and other charges in the October 2013 death of Tyrese Robert Ruffin, who was the son of his girlfriend and Peterson.READ MORE: 'Stop the Violence': Detroit Police Officers Host Basketball Game To Promote Peace At Schools
Patterson maintains that Tyrese choked on a fruit snack. A doctor on Thursday testified for the defense, saying autopsy photos indicate injuries consistent with a child being given CPR after choking.
Investigators allege that Patterson assaulted Tyrese while they were alone in an apartment.READ MORE: Detroit Retiree Sees Sidewalk Repaired Months After Water Main Break
The trial resumes with rebuttal testimony Monday and closing arguments Tuesday. It’ll be the trial’s third week.
Patterson faces a mandatory life prison sentence if convicted of second-degree murder.MORE NEWS: GOP Michigan Governor Candidate Ryan Kelley Says COVID Policies At Debate A 'Dealbreaker'
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