Shelley Richter Trial Continues After Delays
JEFFERSON CITY - Day two of Shelley Richter's trial continued Tuesday in the Cole County Courthouse after three delays. Richter is accused of shaking 7-month-old Lane Schaefer. Prosecutors charged Richter with child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.
Tuesday mornings proceedings consisted of three testimonies. The first was from Columbia pediatrician, Dr. Douglas Beal, who spoke about his investigation and review of the medical records of 7-month-old Schaefer.
Beal spoke about his forensic medical review and his conclusion that Schaefer had been "shaken and/or shaken and slammed into a blunt soft object, like a sofa cushion or mattress."
Beal came to this conclusion by using three factors: past experience with his patients, history of the injuries Schaefer sustained, and the short time line that was present for the injuries to happen.
Cole County Detective Colin Murdick took the stand to discuss what happened when he was called to the scene and as the investigation continued. After a few short questions from the prosecuting attorney, the defense attorney objected. Upon objection the attorneys were called to the judges bench to discuss something. Questions continued and then the judge brought the attorneys back to the bench and questioning abruptly finished.
The third and final testimony of the morning was from Dr. Joseph Giangiacomo from the Mason Eye Clinic in Columbia. Giangiacomo's testimony was pre-recorded and brought to the jury via video.
Giangiacomo was Schaefer's primary ophthalmologist after the injuries were sustained. Giangiacomo deemed the injuries sustained by Schaefer to be "non-accidental trauma" because of the lack of blunt trauma to Schaefer's face.