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Criminal Law Keyed to Gershowitz
Midgett v. State
Citation:292 Ark. 278, 729 S.W.2d 410
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The defendant is 6’2’’ and weighs 300 lbs. Ronnie Midgett Jr. was 8 and was 38-45 lbs. Ronnie Jr. suffered from continuous abuse from the defendant. The victim’s sister testified that about four days before Ronnie Jr.’s death the defendant was drinking whiskey, 2-3 quarts, and was beating Ronnie Jr. by punching him in the stomach and back. When the victim died, the defendant showed up at the hospital carrying the body. When an autopsy was performed it was discovered that the boy was poorly nourished and underdeveloped, there were bruises on his lip, chest plate, forehead, the back of the lateral chest wall, soft tissue near the spine, the buttocks, the right temple, under the chin, on the left mandible, and the palms of the hands. Healed rib fractures and recent fractures were also found. “The conclusion of the medical examiner who performed the autopsy was that Ronnie Jr. died as the result of intra-abdominal hemorrhage caused by a blunt force trauma consistent with having been delivered by a human fist.”
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