Phillips Trial Blog: Photos Show Skeletal Boy With No 'Fat Padding'
Guardian On Trial For Chandler Grafner's Death
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4:23 p.m. The next witness is a Denver police DNA expert who examined the Phillips' home, including the closet where Chandler was said to have been kept.
4:07 p.m. Prosecutors are now working with another police detective, David Naysmith, to examine the evidence that was collected from the trash truck.Naysmith unpackaged the evidence before the jury and showed three items.The first was a piece of carpet that had brown spots on it. The second was a purple piece of cloth. The third is a white and green striped object which appears to be a mattress. The mattress was covered with a brown substance. Police detectives say this is fecal matter.Through the trial, several witnesses have said they found a green-and-white striped curtain that was with Chandler inside the closet. This curtain is what was displayed in court and it wasn't a curtain but a mattress.
3:56 p.m Detective Vigil said he found a cardboard box, a white-and-green striped shower curtain, a purple piece of clothing and two pieces of carpet.All had feces on them. Vigil said he believes all came from the Phillips' home.Vigil said he found a mailing label in the trash matching the address of Chandler's home.
3:48 p.m. Last Monday, Lt. Ken Klaus of the DPD testified that he and Chandler's little brother went to a trash bin. Chandler's brother said the trash bin was where Jon Phillips threw away a cardboard box and a curtain that was with Chandler inside the closet, the detective said.This box and the curtain are said to have had fecal matter on them.Police pulled over the trash truck and had the trash dumped into a dirt area so they could search it for evidence.
3:39 p.m. The next witness is Detective Martin Vigil who works with the Denver Police Department.Vigil went through the trash looking for evidence that may have been thrown away from the Phillips' house after Chandler died.
3:28 p.m. The court is back in session. The next witness is Tim Good who is a trash collector.Prosecutors allege that after Chandler died, Jon Phillips threw away a curtain and a box that was with Chandler inside the closet.Police went to the trash bin, saw it was empty, and noticed a garbage truck pulling away. Detective Klaus said he pulled over the trash truck thinking the curtain and box may be inside.Prosecutor: "When police pulled you over, what did they want?"Good: "The trash." Laughter Prosecutor: "Was that an unusual request?"Good: "Yes, ma'am."
3:10 p.m. The court is now in its afternoon break.
2:14 p.m. The next witness in the case is Stephanie Stronks Knapp. She is a child and adolescent abuse investigator for the FBI.Stronks Knapp interviews children who have been a witness to a violent or sexual crime. The prosecution argues that she can verify if Chandler's little brother was telling Detective Klaus the truth when he was interviewed by investigators in the days after Chandler's death. That interview was played for the jury on Monday.Before the jury was brought into the courtroom, the defense objected to Stronks Knapp's testimony arguing she could not tell if Chandler's brother was telling the truth or not and her testimony should not be allowed.The judge ruled that while Stronks Knapp could not make a determination either way, she can state reasons why children would tell the truth when interviewed by police.The jury was brought in and is now listening to Stronks Knapp's testimony.
2:04 p.m. The next witness in the case is Ken Mall who works as a services manager for AT&T. Mall testified about phone records which are used as evidence in the case.
1:30 p.m. The court is back in session. There have been a few delays because the recording device is not working and a spare has to be brought in.
12 p.m. The court has recessed for lunch.
11:30 a.m. Standing next to a large flat screen television, Krebs calmly pointed to autopsy photos of Chandler.In the photos, Chandler's eyes were sunken into his head and his legs and arms had little to no "fat padding."Krebs said Chandler's "ribs, spine and pelvic bones were all abnormally prominent" -- signs she said of severe malnutrition.Using medical terms, Krebs said Chandler suffered from severe dehydration, severe protein calorie malnutrition and probable multiple vitamin deficiencies."There is a near total depletion of body fuel services," she said.Chandler had less than a teaspoon of urine in his bladder -- meaning the body was doing everything it could to preserve and use what nutrition it had, Krebs said.The photos were both grim and disturbing. Several members of the jury seemed visibly disturbed by them.Krebs said it would take several weeks for a child to become this malnourished. Chandler would have been very weak and it would be "quite apparent that he was ill," she said.The defense asked the doctor about her analysis by pointing out it was only observations about the outside of Chandler's body.David Jones, Phillips' attorney, has previously argued that Grafner had diabetes. Jones says the disease ate away at Grafner's body and left it in its emaciated state and eventually killed him.
10:59 a.m. The next witness is a pediatrician who specializes in nutrition. Professor Nancy Krebs is the director of the nutrition department at Children's Hospital in Denver, and has studied the Chandler Grafner case.When asked by the prosecutor how she believes Chandler died, Krebs replied it is "very likely that he died of a combination of dehydration and starvation."
10:44 a.m. The closet doors from the Phillips' apartment were brought into the courtroom. As one of the prosecutors held up the doors, investigator Charles Martinez pointed to parts of the inside of the door where he found fingerprints.The doors are white with perhaps 20 black spots where the powder was used to find the fingerprints. Martinez said he found fingerprints near the bottom of the door near where it would have touched the ground. The fingerprints were pointed upward, he said.Police and other witnesses testified that Chandler had been held inside the closet for long periods of time.
10:23 a.m. The trial resumes after the morning break with the testimony of Charles Martinez, an investigator with the Denver Police Department specializing in fingerprinting.Earlier in the day, David Hageman, who works in the coroner's office testified about transporting Chandler's body to the mortuary."I became very angry. I became very emotional," he said. "The fact that he looked extremely malnourished. I've never seen anything like this."
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