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Edmond woman said she trusted man accused of killing her son

Rico A. Berry, 28, of Edmond, is charged with first-degree murder and child neglect in the Oct. 13, 2009, death of Jolen Babakhani, 2.
by Tim Willert Modified: January 31, 2013 at 9:55 pm •  Published: January 31, 2013
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“He knew Jolen was injured and he never picked up that phone … or drove him to the hospital,” Assistant District Attorney SuAnne Carlson told the jury.

The prosecutor said Berry gave police three different versions of what happened, including one which he said he and the boy were wrestling and play fighting when he picked up the boy by his throat and body slammed him to the couch twice.

Assistant Public Defender Mark McCormick, in his opening statement, said the boy's mother encouraged Berry to roughhouse with her son. McCormick said the boy was injured when Berry threw him on the couch and he hit his head on the floor, adding the boy also hit his head on the coffee table after tripping over the defendant's leg.

“You haven't heard one shred of evidence,” the defense attorney told the panel.

Berry is expected to take the stand.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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