Trial will continue for father charged with killing daughter
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The trial of a Pawtucket man charged with killing his 10-year-old daughter will continue after a judge denied his attorney’s motion for acquittal.
WPRI-TV reports the defense attorneys for Jorge DePina filed the motion after prosecutors rested their case Thursday, arguing the state failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove DePina caused the death of his daughter, Aleida, in 2013.
Judge Netti Vogel denied the motion Monday, saying the jury could reasonably conclude DePina killed his daughter.
The girl died after her father brought her to the hospital. An autopsy found she died of blunt trauma to her small intestine.
An attorney for DePina has said the girl’s death was caused by a possible accident like falling on her bicycle.
The defense called DePina’s sister as its first witness.