Carlis Ball's trial continues in Tulsa County District Court


Thursday, February 16th 2006, 10:26 am
By: News On 6


The prosecution rested its case Friday in the trial of a Tulsa man accused of murdering his son with boiling water. Now it's the defense's turn.

Carlis Ball says his son's death was an accident.

News on 6 reporter Heather Lewin has been following this trial and says on Friday, jurors heard expert testimony from the doctor who examined 2-year old Keenan Taylor's body and determined his death wasn't an accident.

With photos and diagrams of Keenan's body, medical examiner Dr. Ronald Distephano showed the jury the pattern of the injuries and said Keenan likely had his arms up over his head as the scalding water was deliberately poured on his body. Jurors were brought to tears for the second day in a row and some family members left the courtroom.

Carlis Ball's attorneys say the injuries were accidental and that their client waited until the next day to get help because he panicked in a crisis.

Ball's family is in the courtroom every day, they tell me they are here to support him and hear his side of the story.

Also in Friday's testimony, jurors heard about other injuries on Keenan's body, an unusual pattern of scars, a cut lip and a head injury, all apparently inflicted nearly a week before the scalding.