Attorney Richard Jaffe spoke to WVTM 13 on Friday (May 14, 2021) about the tragic case involving the death of a five-week-old boy in rural Alabama. The infant’s 32-year-old father was later arrested and charged with capital murder.
Attorney Jaffe fully comprehends the heartbreaking and tragic circumstances surrounding the case. He then explained that the defense team has an uphill battle ahead to overcome public outrage.
He told WVTM 13:
“It’s difficult—from a defense perspective—to get the jury to adhere and understand the presumption of innocence and the burden of proof.”
Attorney Jaffe added the trial will likely reveal a motive in the case. In similar cases, he said domestic violence or even drug use are often common motives.
On Monday, the infant was reported missing by his father. After his parents held a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, the child’s body was found in Lowndes County.
Shortly following the news conference, the father was arrested on a manslaughter charge. On Thursday, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office announced the charge had been upgraded to capital murder.
Since blunt force trauma is involved, Attorney Jaffe said it usually establishes the defendant’s intent to kill. Since the victim’s father is charged with capital murder in Alabama, he could face the death penalty.
The defendant is currently being held in the county jail without bail.
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