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June 5, 2008

Callie Robinson murder trial

Closer to verdict

Closing arguments and the jury’s verdicts are the only items remaining in the week-long murder trial that was spurred by the death of 2-year-old Callie Robinson.

Verona “V.J.” Brinegar, 24, and ex-boyfriend Ronnie Crabtree Jr., 27, are charged in the Aug. 9, 2007, death of Brinegar’s daughter.

Both face charges of murder and first-degree criminal abuse.

Callie’s 32-inch, 21-pound body was found to have multiple scrapes, burns, blisters and bruises.

Rhonda Crabtree, Crabtree Jr.'s ex-wife, took the stand Thursday in his defense saying that he never (violently) disciplined her children.

She and Crabtree Jr. were married in 1997, divorcing five years later. She has two children by him: Jordan, 10, and Alexis, 7.

She claimed the reason for their divorce was because he had an affair with Crystal Johnson, who testified in the case Wednesday.

However, Susanne McCullough, Brinegar’s defense attorney, read parts of a domestic violence order that Rhonda had filed against Crabtree Jr., however the date on the document was not mentioned.

The report included allegations that Crabtree Jr. had moments of “rage” and that he had hit her in the head several times.

The commonwealth called Dr. John C. Hunsacker III, associate chief medical examiner for the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet’s central laboratory facility in Frankfort, to testify Thursday as a rebuttal witness in response to Wednesday’s testimony from Dr. Tanya Wiese, an employee of Kentucky Pulmonary Associates, based in Louisville.

Wiese reviewed the autopsy results performed and released by Kentucky Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Cristin Rolf.

Wiese voiced several concerns about Rolf’s report. The final autopsy ruled that Callie’s death was a result of asphyxia by suffocation, but Wiese said there were many possibilities when it came to the cause of the child’s death, and one of those possibilities could have been a seizure.

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