Joseph Patterson pleads not guilty to killing AP's son, is released from custody [UPDATE]
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|Joseph Patterson walks into court before yesterday's hearing.|
Original post (October 29) -- Yesterday, Joseph Patterson, the 27-year-old South Dakota man accused of brutally murdering Adrian Peterson's "secret" two-year-old son, Ty Doohen, pleaded not guilty to the murder, manslaughter, assault, and child abuse charges he faces in connection with the October 11 incident.
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In court, Patterson's attorney, Tim Rensch, argued that Ty's death was the result of choking on candy, not violent shaking as prosecutors allege. As we reported the day of the incident, people close to Ty's mother were initially told the child was rushed to the hospital with brain injuries because he'd choked.
The Sioux Falls Argus Leader details Rensch's defense:
Rensch told the judge that all of the evidence points to Patterson responding to a real medical emergency, not as a person who had committed assault.Prosecutors counter that the medical examiner found four different "areas of impact" on Ty's brain consistent with an assault. Rensch says those injuries resulted from the boy falling off a couch while he choked.
Patterson called 911 to report a choking, Rensch said, and officers who arrived on the scene reported that he seemed genuinely concerned about the child's well-being. Rensch also said that there was a sticky candy found near the boy's head, and that there was no evidence of a struggle in the orderly apartment Patterson shared with the boy and the boy's mother.
He also said that there were no external bruises or signs of injury on the child.
That's nonsense, according to prosecutor Tom Wollman.
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"These types of injuries do not come from a fall off the couch," Wollman said.
At the end of the arraignment, the judge did lower Patterson's bond from $1 million to $750,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 13.
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