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Defense rests in Johnston County child slaying case

Posted March 21, 2014

— The defense rested Friday in the capital murder case of Jonathan Douglas Richardson, who is accused of torturing and killing his former girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter, Teghan Skiba, in July 2010.

Closing arguments will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the trial, which is now its fourth week.

Prosecutors say Richardson, 25, tortured, tormented and sexually abused Teghan for 10 days before taking her to a hospital emergency room with a fatal head injury. Several investigators and health care workers who treated Teghan wept during their testimony as they described the girl’s injuries, including dozens of bite marks on her body, as among the worst they had ever seen.

The girl’s mother Helen Reyes, left her daughter in Richardson’s care while she when to New Mexico for Army Reserve training. She is charged with felony negligent child abuse.

Richardson is charged with first-degree murder, felony child abuse, kidnapping and sexual abuse. Defense attorneys have not denied the abuse happened, but they said Richardson was damaged by years of abuse, uncontrolled anger and untreated mental problems. They said he never sexually abused the girl.

No witnesses took the stand Friday morning, and jurors spent most of that time outside the courtroom.


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  • brandy213122 Mar 21, 2014

    Its never good when it takes two weeks for one side to present its case and only a few days when the other side presents theirs. He deserves every bit of punishment he gets and then some!!!

  • Nan Toppin Mar 21, 2014

    predicting the jury comes back quickly on this one.

  • brandy213122 Mar 21, 2014

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    Me too.

  • A person Mar 21, 2014

    Hopefully he will be found guilty qyickly and NOT get the death penalty. I want him in general population in prison so they can tell him just how big of a creep hew is. He will last about 2 minutes in general population. He would live a long time on the tax-payer on death row

  • outhousecat Mar 21, 2014

    This mess should be over before the 6:00 news and boyfriend here will be on his way to Central Prison. PS to all the bleeding hearts - there are plenty of psych cells at Central - not that this "man" needs one. There is no cure for evil.

  • zonk Mar 21, 2014

    What defense ? There is no defense. Deliberations should take about 5 minutes.

  • David Collins Mar 21, 2014

    Hopefully the jury will not take as long as the defense to come back with a guilty verdict.

  • LovemyPirates Mar 21, 2014

    The jury should conduct deliberation so that the defense can't say they didn't properly examine the evidence and be granted an appeal based on this.

  • Sharon Davis Mar 21, 2014

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    me three

  • youpeoplearesoentertaining Mar 21, 2014

    people, closing arguments are not until Monday. The jury has not started deliberating... it will be next week before this is over.