PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — A former state medical examiner told jurors that 6-year-old Marco Nieves would have endured excruciating pain in the hours leading up to his death, caused by a "substantial" blow that ruptured his intestine.
The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1Ok4e10 ) Dr. Thomas Gilson was the state's final witness in the murder trial of Michael Patino. Prosecutors say the 33-year-old Patino beat his girlfriend's son so badly that his intestines tore, leading to the child's death.
The key evidence in the case is a series of cell phone messages containing messages sent by Patino and Oliver indicating Patino had hit the boy. The state Supreme Court ruled last summer they could be used as evidence in the case.
Nieves' lawyer says his client accidentally hurt the boy.
Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com