Guilty Verdict In Richmond Murder Trial

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 Concerned Parent Location: Winchester on Jun 6, 2008 at 12:25 PM
    What I don't understand is that they are painting a picture that Mr. Crabtree is completely innocent of any wrong doing. He is the one who physically caused Callie's death, however direct or indirect his actions were. He also has a history of violence. VJ may not have physically participated in little Callie's death, but she is just as responsible for sitting by idly and allowing it to happen. My heartfelt prayers go out to Callie's brother and their daddy for the pain this has caused. I lost a child too, at the hands of her father. Same thing, he was negligent, but nothing was ever done. He wasn't even charged. I console myself with the thoughts that he has to live his life with what he did, and God will make him face a final judgement, even though man did not. God Bless you, sir, and your boy. May God help you and guide you through the sorrow-filled days ahead. It will always hurt, but the good memories will eventually take over the pain.
  • by Kathy Location: georgetown on Jun 6, 2008 at 10:04 AM
    GOD BLESS YOU. YOUR LITTLE GIRL LOOKED ADORABLE AND SWEAT. I AM SO SORRY YOU ARE HAVING TO FACE SUCH A THING AS THIS.......TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR BABY BOY..... I AM SURE HE HAS SUFFERED AND NEEDS HELP...........
  • by Anonymous Location: berea on Jun 6, 2008 at 09:54 AM
    I am glad you have your boy back.. thank you Jesus....
  • by Mom of 4 Location: Richmond, KY on Jun 6, 2008 at 09:07 AM
    HOW can you even think of hurting a precious child? I don't know much about the father of VJ's little boy, but I would have a really hard time holding my composure for VJ or Ronald. I'm glad that he got the little boy, but sad that it's too late for Callie. I really dont think that VJ had first hand in the death of Callie, but she she wasn't much of a mother either. I have said many prayers for the other child involved and for the punishment of the guilty. Little Callie is in heaven where she is surely free of any pain. Those who are wrong will face eternal punishment as they should which is far worse than any verdict and sentencing that they will get. Maybe those two facts will bring a little piece of mind to the grieving daddy and other family. I am sorry for the loss of another precious child by the hands of those who are supposed to protect them.
  • by Daddy Location: Middletown, Ohio on Jun 5, 2008 at 07:27 PM
    I still get to see Wade every weekend. I got to see Callie every day for the first 12 months of her life. Then VJ left with the kids. I found them a month later. I saw them every weekend, but had to miss one weekend because of work. VJ skipped state with them. I had the state of Ohio welfare looking for them. West Virginia's child support agency contacted me looking for VJ for fraud. Another state's child support agency contacted me for the same reason. The next time I heard anything about them was to be told my baby girl was dead. The only consolation I have is that I got my boy back.

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