Matt Swearengin Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
September 29, 2013
A father accused of causing the death of his infant son is scheduled for a jury trial on Monday.
Marin Clay Allison, 25, Finley, was charged in June 2012 with first-degree murder by child abuse for the death of his 14-month-old son Ethan Allison.
According to an affidavit by Durant Police Lt. Chris Marcy, Allison, who said he was ill at the time, admitted to becoming frustrated with the boy on the evening of May 20 at his Durant residence. He said he grabbed him by his clothes and pulled him off his feet. The boy’s head then hit a tile floor with violent force.
The affidavit states that Allison stayed up all night researching head injuries and coma symptoms on the Internet. He called 911 at about 5:45 a.m. May 21 after the boy stopped breathing.
According to police, Allison first said his son was injured from a fall, but during another interview, he admitted the injuries were not from an accidental fall.
Ethan died May 22 at Children’s Medical Hospital in Dallas, Texas, after he was taken off of life support.
A doctor at Children’s Hospital completed an affidavit that states Ethan died of a severe and acute traumatic brain injury. According to Bryan County District Attorney Emily Redman, there is specific language in the first-degree murder statute that states the death of a child as the result of child abuse is considered first-degree murder.
Allison, who is free on bond, is being represented by attorney Warren Gotcher of McAlester. As of Friday afternoon, the trial was scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday when jurors will be picked for the case.
In other crime news, Durant Police were dispatched to a convenience store at approximately 9:45 a.m. Saturday after a woman said she was robbed.
According to law enforcement radio broadcasts, the woman said a man wearing a mask pointed a gun at her, took a bag that was under her arm and left with another man in a blue, mid-sized car. Police, when contacted twice on Saturday afternoon, said no one was available to provide any information.
John Thomas Phipps, 31, Durant, was charged Friday with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested Thursday by Durant Police at the Magnolia Inn in Durant, according to court papers.
The fire department was asked to come to a motel room there to use fans to air out the room, according to a dispatch log.
Sheriff’s Deputy Johnny Bates investigated a burglary last week on Sexton Road in Calera. Steven Beck said when he returned to his home, he discovered someone had entered and stole a television, a .45-caliber Citadel pistol and an HP Pavilion laptop computer.