Written By: Ishton W. Morton – September 12th, 2019
Today, Thursday September 12th, 2019 in Lebanon, Ohio jury found Skylar Richardson not guilty on 3 of 4 charges.
On Wednesday September 11th, 2019 the defense rested after calling multiple witnesses to the stand, including Richardson’s father and her OB-GYN doctor.
Richardson was accused of hiding her pregnancy from everyone, delivering her daughter inside the family’s Carlisle home, killing the newborn and burying her remains in the backyard.
Accordingly, on Wednesday Psychologist, Dr. Stuart Bassman, who assessed Richardson, testified that she (meaning Richardson) had a mental disorder that made her feel like she must comply with people of authority, and it allowed police to manipulate her into making incriminating statements she knew weren’t true.
Bassman continued to say Richardson’s dependent personality disorder makes her so fearful of rejection and abandonment that she tends to act like she’s happy when she isn’t, he said, as in the old song that urges: “Smile, even though your heart is breaking.”
However, on Thursday September 12th, 2019 in closing arguments Julie Kraft Warren County Assistant Prosecutor told jurors that Brooke Skylar Richardson’s baby wasn’t part of the high school cheerleader’s plans and was unwanted.
Subsequently, the young Ohio mother whom prosecutors said killed and buried her unwanted newborn in her backyard just days after her senior prom in order to keep and continue her “perfect life.”
Remarkable, prior the Doctor takes the stand during Skylar Richardson trial all evidence points to homicide. Also, as the State rests in Skylar Richardson case; judge dismisses tampering with evidence charge.
The jury consisted of seven (7) women and five (5) men and as expected they begin deliberations after closing arguments from both sides. The jurors saw things differently. She was acquitted of murder.
Instead a Warren County jury deliberated for four hours and thus found that Richardson was guilty of corpse abuse.
According to experts in the legal arena the charge carries a potential sentence of up to one year in prison, but as a first-time offender, she could very-well get probation.
All been considered she was facing upward to life in prison if she was convicted on the most serious of the charge.
According to information received, Brooke Skylar Richardson, who is now 20-years-old began shaking and sobbing when a judge read the not guilty verdicts on aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment charges.
Reportedly, she was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs after Warren County Judge Donald Oda II revoked her bond. Richardson didn’t respond when reporters later asked her if she had anything to say.