Thursday, August 22, 2013 was devoted to trying to figure out Hana’s age. If the jury believes her to be 16, they cannot charge Larry and Carri Williams with Homocide by Abuse, a charge which only applies to children under the age of 16. Earlier the Prosecution called a Forensic Dentist who could not determine Hana’s age at the time of death and today the Defense called another Forensic Dentist who cannot sure of Hana’s age at the time of death. However the first dentist said that she was probably at least 15 but could be 13-18 while this one says that he believes that she was 16 years and 3 months old.
Hana’s cousin was flown in from Ethiopia to testify that she was 13. But instead of catching his flight back to Ethiopia, he disappeared which casts doubt as to the veracity of his testimony.
Here is the story in the Skagit Valley Herald.
Here is the story from KiroTV.
And here is some very important insight from Maureen. Apparently, African children’s teeth develop earlier than Western children’s teeth.
According to Gina Cole, in the afternoon they had some witnesses discussing Immanuel’s scars. A doctor said that he saw scars and the detective who interviews him did not.
Tomorrow morning the Prosecution has more witnesses scheduled and then Prosecution will rest and the Defense portion of the trial will commence.