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Medical examiner testifies baby was murdered

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Members of the jury cried as the state showed photos of the body of three-day-old McKenzy Debelbot in Muscogee County Superior Court Tuesday.

Across the courtroom, the baby's mother, Ashley, also dabbed away tears. Her husband, Albert stared straight ahead. The couple is accused of killing their infant daughter only hours after they brought her home from Martin Army Hospital in June of 2008.

An expert witness took the stand for most the day- the Deputy Medical Examiner for the state of Georgia. She performed the baby's autopsy and told the judge she found fresh injuries to the newborn's scalp, skull and brain. She says the fractures to the baby's skull are from a crushing blunt force trauma she associates with a stomp or blows from a hard object. She ruled the death a homicide.

But police say the they didn't find any blood or signs of violence when they searched the couple's Columbus apartment. A veteran crime scene investigator testified it was one of the cleanest, neatest scenes he has ever seen.

He noticed bruises on the baby's cheek, legs, buttocks and back at the hospital but told the court there wasn't any blood on the clothes the baby wore to the ER.

Defense attorneys for the couple say Albert and Ashley don't know how their baby received those injuries. They say the lack of evidence in the case will prove the couple is innocent of the crime.

The Debelbot's trial continues Wednesday at the Government Center.

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