Richmond Couple Convicted Of Killing Two-Year-Old Girl

Friday night a jury found Ronald Crabtree and Verona Brinegar guilty of murdering a two-year-old girl.

The two face 20 years minimum for the murder charges and up to 10 years for the criminal abuse conviction.

Both the prosecution and Ronald Crabtree's attorney called their final witnesses Thursday.

One expert from the prosecution testified two-year-old Callie Robinson died as a result of being suffocated, or the the defense's expert, who says she accidentally choked to death.

Thursday, the prosecution brought another expert to the stand to tell the jury if Callie choked, there would be evidence of it when EMS tried to revive her.

But the prosecution's expert, State Medical Examiner Dr. John Huntsaker III, admits it's possible that detail of clearing an airway could be left out of the report he reviewed.

After the prosecution rested its case, Ronald Crabtree's lawyer called one more witness to give the jury a better idea of Crabtree's character --- his ex-wife Rhonda Crabtree.

She says the two divorced after he had an affair with another woman, but says besides acting childish at times Crabtree was a good man.

What the jury didn't see was a protective order filed against Crabtree for being abusive to his ex-wife.

The Judge did not allow that as evidence and Rhonda Crabtree did not have to answer questions about it.


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  • by Charlie Location: Lexington on Jun 8, 2008 at 05:38 AM
    I'm not surprised at the sentance, this seems to be the norm for child killers these days. Unless they isolate these two they will get "prison justice" that they deserve. I only wish that I knew someone in the prisons where these two will be sent as I would certainly encourage that the worst of "prison justice" be given to these two.
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Jun 8, 2008 at 04:54 AM
    It was plain that the guy abused the child. The mother may not have physically did anything to her, BUT she stood by and let the guy pull on her ears and wrap her up in the carpet. That is also abuse.For the comment about her eating a red flower.....excuse.Had she been to the Doctor or Emergency room for eating it? I'd say not because they would have seen all the bruises and red ears on her.They may not be able to give them death penalty here in Ky but that is what they deserve.It is a sad world we live in where an innocent little kid like this can be abused and eventually killed by it's caregivers.I won't call them parents because a true parent DON"T hurt their children. They love and protect them at all cost!!! I hope they both see her angelic face each and every day till they die and then get their punishment on the other side.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jun 7, 2008 at 06:29 PM
    Let's fire up 'ol Sparky and put him to work!
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Jun 7, 2008 at 05:39 PM
    I never said that they didn't deserve it, kymom. I merely made a legal observation based on Kentucky law. I'm not a state senator or a representative. You should direct your anger at them. They are the ones who make the laws. By the way, the old "they will get what they have coming in prison" is a myth. People in prison could care less what other people did. You watch too many movies.
  • by Jessica Location: Lexington on Jun 7, 2008 at 03:58 PM
    They killed a little girl and now they get the good life. They don't have to worry about anything. They get three meals a day, a bed and shower. They need the electric chair they dont diserve to live. Anyone who hurts a child should havethe same done to them.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2008 at 01:08 PM
    this little girl is in heaven with Jesus where is belong.... anything in this case that is hidden will be reveal in light on day. because, there is alot of stuff that did not come out. the little girl ate a red flower a few days before that and came to Ronnies dads house, the mom was worried about it... fyi
  • by Injustice on Jun 7, 2008 at 10:14 AM
    If this had been a police officer or the president--the murderers would have faced a more sever punishment. How does anyone know that this child would not have grown up to be a police officer or president? A child's life should be more valuable than anyone's life. Twenty years is injustice.
  • by Pam Location: bell on Jun 7, 2008 at 09:34 AM
    Justice 4 Callie, in this world & the next..I hope her sweet little face Haunts both of them till the day they Die...
  • by kymom Location: lexington on Jun 7, 2008 at 08:58 AM
    TO BART, fyi, they did deserve the death penalty! This baby WAS robbed, of it's precious life! It's people like you who let these no-good sorry excuses of life to go free! They deserve to be put in the chair and fried! DOn't worry, tho, they'll get their judgement eventually...
  • by Sue Location: Lexington on Jun 7, 2008 at 08:48 AM
    Amen Bewildered! They will get what they deserve in prison. And I hope it's slowly done!!!!!
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