(2:30 PM) Defense Rests In Murder Trial; Deliberations To Begin

MAYVILLE — The defense rested its case in the trial of a Jamestown man charged with the murder of a 16-month-old.

Public Defender Ned Barone did not call any witnesses to the stand in Chautauqua County Court on Monday.

Tyler Perez, 35, is facing charges of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter for his alleged involvement in the death of Nayla Hodnett on April 17, 2014. It was later determined that Hodnett died as the result of blunt force trauma; an autopsy at the Erie County Medical Center determined the cause of death was a homicide.

The trial, which began last Thursday, is being heard in front of Judge M. William Boller.

Boller is expected to instruct the jury today before deliberations begin.