Letcher County Murder Trial goes to jury Monday

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

The retrial of a man convicted of murder four years ago continues.

Jeffery Allen was accused of murdering his two year-old foster child, Dakota Yonts, in 2003 in Letcher County. He was convicted in 2006, but a retrial was ordered in 2009.

Dr. Betty Spivak and Detective Dean Craft were called to the stand Friday morning.

Craft said the defendant, Jeffery Allen, stated in 2003 that another foster child caused Dakota's bruises. Spivak said the injuries did not match the toys Allen said Dakota was hit with.

Spivak was followed by three witnesses from the defense, including Eugena Allen. According to court documents, on March 27, 2003, she returned from K-Mart, and found her husband and Dakota, reportedly lifeless, on the living room couch.

Her father Eugene Fields says he helped Jeffery Allen take Dakota to the Sandlick Fire Department. He testifies he did not notice many of the bruises medical personnel said Dakota had.

Eugena Allen says she noticed bruises on Dakota's stomach, and says she has no explanation for the hand prints on Dakota's neck. She says she believes her husband's explanation for the night Dakota died.

The trial is in recess until Monday. The prosecution and defense will make closing arguments, then the trial will go to the jury.

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