Closing arguments finished in trial of dad accused of killing son, 3
Posted: May 23 2017 07:19AM EDT
Updated: May 23 2017 03:12PM EDT
CAMDEN, N.J. (WTXF/AP) - Closing arguments are done in the case of a New Jersey man accused of killing his son because the boy had become an impediment to his relationship with a teenage girlfriend.
Defense lawyers argued Tuesday that prosecutors failed to show that 23-year-old David Creato was guilty, stressing that they had to prove their case "beyond a reasonable doubt, not probably, not could of, not might of."
But prosecutors say Creato was desperate to keep his girlfriend and noted that he was the only person with his son the night he disappeared. They said it wouldn't take much to smother a sleeping child.
Creato has maintained his 3-year-old son, Brendan, wandered away from his Haddon Township home in October 2015. The boy's body was found hours later in a wooded area by the Cooper River.
A medical examiner testified Brendan died from "homicidal violence" but couldn't determine where or when he died.