Noble on trial for allegedly murdering a toddler

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

It will not be long until Jeffrey Noble will know his fate. He is accused of murdering 20-month-old Destiny Tincher last year.

It was a short day of testimony as the prosecution rested their case Thursday morning, but not before calling two key witnesses to the stand.

The first was Elliot King Who says Jeffery Noble told him in jail that he was high on percocet 30s when he hit Destiny and threw her causing her head to hit the coffee table.

King said he was upset after a chapel service inside the jail and was emotional when he came back to his cell where Jeffery Noble was.

King said as they were talking Noble told him he made a terrible mistake.

"He said he hit her so hard that he picked up to throw her on the couch, and that's when she hit the coffee table," said King.

When the defense cross-examined King, they tried to prove that King only wanted leniency in his own five year sentence, and that's why he told police.

The prosecution's second witness Thursday was Dr. Cristin Rolf with the medical examiner's office here in Kentucky. She says Destiny died from head injuries.

The prosecution showed pictures from the autopsy of the bruising on Destiny's head and scalp. She also stated her opinion on whether a fall could cause the bruising.

"These are not consistent with a simple fall, these are four very large bruises on the back of the head," said Rolf.

The defense asked Dr. Rolf about previous head injuries Destiny sustained when she was 7-months-old trying to show she could have been more susceptible to head injuries.

After Dr. Rolf was dismissed, the defense called their first witness Jeffery Noble's sister.

The defense brought up another possible scenario of how Destiny could have received the bruises on her ears noted by Dr. Rolf.

"While at the hospital did Ashley tell you that she put the bruises on destiny?" said defense attorney Sarah Bryant.

"She said she was holding Destiny by her ears," replied Noble's sister.

Noble's sister also testified that her brother was a good man who loved Destiny, and the rest of Noble's family agrees.

"He loved those babies. He was with them everyday, he took care of them," said Noble's cousin Heather Taulbee.

But for Destiny Tincher's aunt, justice can not come soon enough.

"I hope they give him the time that he deserves, and for us that couldn't be enough because we believe with all of our heart that he did this," said Patty Smith.

But only the jury gets to decide Jeffrey Noble's guilt or innocence.

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