Closing statements made, judge set to sentence Meagan Work Friday


TAB ON KXAN DOT COM.SYDNEY:ALL WEEK, WE’VE BEEN FOLLOWING THE COURT CASE SURROUNDING THE DEATH OF 2-YEAR-OLD COLTON TURNER… THE CASE THAT INFLUENCED AN OVERHAUL OF TEXAS CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES. TOM: A TRAVIS COUNTY JUDGE WILL TAKE THE NIGHT TO DECIDE THE PRISON SENTENCE FOR COLTON’S MOTHER, MEAGAN WORK… SYDNEY: PROSECUTORS AND HER DEFENSE TEAM RESTED THEIR RESPECTIVE CASES TODAY AND MADE THEIR CLOSING STATEMENTS LATE THIS AFTERNOON.SYDNEY: KXAN’S WILL DUPREE JOINS US LIVE WITH HOW THOSE ATTORNEYS HOPED TO INFLUENCE THE WILL? PROSECUTORS SAID MEAGAN WORK DESERVES A HARSH PUNISHMENT AND A HIGH SENTENCE… WHILE THE DEFENSE ARGUED THAT SHE HAD LESS OF A ROLE IN HER SON’S DEATH. PROSECUTORS STARTED OFF BY SAYING, “YOU DON’T BURY YOUR OWN SON…UNLESS YOU’VE DONE SOMETHING TERRIBLY WRONG.”THEY STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE EMOTIONAL TESTIMONY FROM THE MAN THEY CALLED THEIR EYE- WITNESS, ROBERT COE. HE RE-ENACTED FOR POLICE WHAT HE SAYS HE SAW MEAGAN WORK DO WHEN SHE SLAMMED HER SON’S HEAD AGAINST A TRUCK DOOR.THE DEFENSE, THOUGH, CAST DOUBT ON THAT WITNESS’ STORY — SAYING THERE’S NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE TO PROVE BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA AS THE CAUSE OF COLTON’S DEATH. THE DEFENSE ALSO POINTED FINGERS AT MEAGAN’S BOYFRIEND, MICHAEL TURNER, SAYING HE WAS MORE ABUSIVE AND CONTROLLING. THEY SAID MEAGAN WAS EASILY CONTROLLED AND HAD A ROUGH UPBRINGING. HOWEVER, THE PROSECUTION COUNTERED AND SAID THAT THEIR WITNESSES TALKED ABOUT HOW MUCH MEAGAN LIED AND MANIPULATED PEOPLE.THE PROSECUTION PUT UP A PICTURE OF COLTON AT THE END AND SAID OF THIS MOTHER, “THERE IS NO SIGNS OF ANY REMORSE HERE WHATSOEVER.”THE JUDGE SAID HE DOES NOT KNOW WHAT HIS DECISION WILL BE JUST YET REGARDING MEAGAN’S SENTENCE, SO HE’S GOING TO THINK ABOUT IT OVERNIGHT. HE PLANS TO SHARE HIS DECISION TOMORROW MORNING AT 11:30, SO WE’LL BE HERE TO COVER THAT MOMENT AND THE REACTION. REPORTING LIVE, WILL DUPREE, KXAN NEWS. SYDNEY: MEAGAN WORK COULD BE SENTENCED TO ANYWHERE FROM FIVE YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON. HER BOYFRIEND, MICHAEL TURNER, IS CURRENTLY SERVING A 20-YEAR

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