Klein Trial Update

by Erika Brooks on June 13, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Wednesday was the final day of Richard Klein’s re-trial in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court and it ended in the hands of the jury.

The jury started deliberation around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon and returned over six hours later with no verdict.

The prosecution began the day of the trial by bringing in their final witnesses including a first responder who discovered the child, the Licking County coroner and a man who helped with the search using his blood-hounds.

Klein took the stand just before 1 p.m. and described the weeks leading up to their camping trip, and said he considered Aiden and Anthony as his own and called the boys his "sidekicks." Klein became emotional and visibly upset at times while answering questions and after the prosecution showed photos of the deceased child the day he was found.

The prosecutor told the jury that Klein recklessly created a substantial risk for the two boys and said the camping trip was a disaster waiting to happen. He said he has no doubt in his mind that Richard Klein is a good man and believes his grief is real, but told the jury, sympathy should have no place in their decision.

Klein’s lawyer, Sam Shamansky gave his closing statement after the prosecution and told them Klein was a loving, caring parent that provided for his family and simply wanted to go on a camping trip.. He told the jury that, "Never in a million years did Klein think that his kids would’ve gotten outside the tent."

At around 10:30 Wednesday evening, the Judge told the jury not to research anything about the trial, to stay away from the press and said they will resume deliberating at 8:45 Thursday morning.