Prosecution Rests in Klein Trial

by Danielle Cotterman on January 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

In day two of testimony, the prosecution rested their case against a Muskingum County couple in the deaths of two young boys.

3-year-old Ayden Cecil and 2-year-old Anthony Tullius are believed to have accidentally drowned while the family was camping near Ellis Dam.

Richard and Kasey Klein are charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of child endangering.

In a video interview played by Prosecution both Richard and Kasey Klein comment that the boys are "a lot to handle." The couple said to keep the boys from getting into things an outside lock was placed on their bedroom door.

"The latch lock outside their door I leave it unlocked until I go to bed, that way when I’m in bed they can’t go into the bathroom, they can’t go down stairs and get into anything," explained Kasey in the interview with detectives.

 "I put (the lock) because the boys got up to go in the middle of the night and they took the shampoo and the shaving cream," said Richard in the recorded interview. "It’s a night time thing we use and it’s to protect them."

The Prosecution argues the couple "recklessly" placed the boys at risk saying Richard and Kasey were tired from a long day of work, knew the boys had a tendency to cause trouble and that Kasey had taken three Xanax prior to going to bed, although only prescribed two by the doctor.

 The defense made a motion for acquittal on the standing that the prosecution had not presented substantial evidence that the Klein’s "recklessly "placed the boys at risk.  Judge Mark Fleegle denied the motion. Court resumes Wednesday morning.