(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.