Prosecution calls more witnesses in Taft murder trial
More witnesses testified for the prosecution Monday in the murder trial of Veronica Taft. Taft is accused murdering her two-year-old son, Lyric. Our Melissa Kakareka has more from Broome County Court.
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Members of the jury continue to hear witness testimony in the murder trial of Veronica Taft as they try to determine whether or not the Baldwinsville mother murdered her two-year-old son, Lyric.
The child was found beaten and unresponsive in his bed in December of 2010, when Taft and her children were living at 4 1/2 Fayette Street in Binghamton.
On Monday, Taft's former boyfriend, Jesse Noel, told the jury that the defendant called him on January 10, 2010 and confessed to him that she had killed Lyric, telling him she had kicked the toddler and slammed him into a wall.
Noel said he lied to police to help Taft make it look like Charles Pratt was responsible. Pratt was another boyfriend of Taft's and was babysitting on the night of Lyric's death after Taft went to work.
Jury members also watched nearly three hours of DVD footage depicting Taft's original interrogation with police investigators.
In between questioning about the events surrounding Lyric's death, Taft can be seen sitting alone in the interrogation room, crying, shaking and talking out loud to herself about the story she was giving police.
Inside the courtroom, Taft began crying and covered her face as she relived the interrogation.
Court will not be in session Tuesday. The prosecution will call more witnesses on Wednesday morning.