Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

Local news

May 24, 2006

Guilty: Kayla Wright sentenced to life

CORDELE — It was an emotional day in the courtroom in the murder trial of Kayla Wright as jurors deliberated just two hours before returning guilty verdicts on all four counts in which she was charged.

During the morning session of court, jurors heard from defense witnesses Dr. Patricia Coussens, an obstetrician and gynecologist from Hawkinsville who was Wright’s doctor with her first pregnancy, and Dr. Sule Salami, a Cordele obstetrician and gynecologist who reviewed Wright’s medical records and evidence in the case.

Both said when questioned by defense attorney Sam Dennis, that the X-ray of infant baby girl Wright showed classic signs of Spalding Sign. Both said Spalding Sign occurs when the baby dies in utero or while still inside the mother, because of compression caused during the birthing process. The compression causes the child’s sutures (skull bones) to overlap because of pressure and the fact that the brain has started to liquefy as a result of fetal demise.

Both also testified that Wright could’ve experienced a placental abruption which is where the placenta tears away from the uterine wall, but prosecutor Barbara Becraft rebutted their testimony saying they weren’t privy to any details of Wright’s pregnancy and could not say with any certainty that she experienced such a condition.

After their testimony, the defense rested as their client waived her right to testify.

After recessing for lunch, closing arguments began with the defense presenting its side first.

Dennis opened by saying the defense had proven its case without a reasonable doubt and that the baby had died in utero. He also said investigators B. Queener of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Tammera Sears of the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office had used improper interrogation techniques, therefore creating a coerced compliant false statement.

Text Only
Local news
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday