‘I hurt my baby,’ capital murder jurors hear Mobile man tell police officer

MOBILE, Ave. (WALA) – Markeise Kardell Caldwell can be heard fighting back tears as she speaks with a police officer after her friend’s baby died in May 2018.

“I hurt my baby,” she said off-camera in police bodybuilding footage that was played for the jury in Caldwell’s capital murder trial.

Prosecutors used their opening statements to portray the defendant as a violent man who brutally beat Kendrick Cole 4 months ago and then tried to cover it up. Mobile County District Attorney Louis Walker told jurors that the defendant assaulted the child on May 3, 2018, at the Azalea Point home while the child’s mother was working. measures.

Caldwell, 29, did not seek treatment, Walker said. He added that it was not until three days later that the child was taken to Providence Hospital. He said the boy died in a helicopter that was taking him to the University of South Alabama.

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“Caldwell beat him, repeatedly punched this 4-month-old child and pinned him to the footboard of the bed multiple times,” Walker said.

Defense attorney Bucky Thomas countered in his opening statement that his client was “not the killer the state is trying to make you believe” but a man suffering from schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder. traumatic stress brought on by the robbery and shooting in 2014. He said prosecutors failed to meet their burden of proving Caldwell intended to kill the baby.

“It’s not a witness that shows you that he woke up and decided, ‘I’m going to kill that kid,'” he said.

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Thomas told jurors to pay close attention to his client’s demeanor when they watch a video of the police interrogation.

“He was upset when he talked to the police,” he said.

At one point, Thomas said, Caldwell told investigators: “The demons are chasing me.”

After a week, prosecutors and defense attorneys on Monday finally agreed to a jury to hear the first death penalty case in Mobile County since the COVID-19 pandemic. Four others were on the jury of nine men and seven women.

Walker told jurors they will hear evidence that Kendrick’s older sister, Kendall, was abused.

Walker said jurors should see an email Caldwell sent the boys’ mother telling her Kendrick had fallen out of bed and hit his head. The suspect gave the police a similar account of the events of May 3, 2018, telling them that Kendall kicked his brother out of bed.

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Walker later said Caldwell changed his story and confessed. An autopsy revealed the baby had a skull fracture, the attorney said.

“He was repeatedly punched by an adult,” he said. “The accused repeatedly hit her on the floor of the bed.”

The show resumes on Tuesday.

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