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MERIWETHER COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -

Closing arguments are set to begin Friday morning in the trial of a former Coweta County firefighter charged with the 2010 death of a toddler in Meriwether County.

During the investigation, GBI agents said that autopsy results showed 2-year-old Brayden Robinson died from blunt head trauma not associated with a fall as the child's mother's then boyfriend, Casey Spradlin, had reportedly told authorities.

The toddler's grandmother, Leslie Henson, took the stand Monday telling attorneys that the day before Spradlin said her grandson fell, the toddler had an accident at her home. She says she saw him pull down a shelf and its contents.

"I saw the shelf. I saw this happen and turned around to go to the other side. When I got there Brayden was sitting in the midst of the broken pitcher with all the other ones on the floor and the shelf on the floor beside him," said Henson.

The grandmother told the defense, to her knowledge, GBI agents did not investigate this accident even though she says she told them about it.

When prosecutors asked, Henson testified, there was not any blood on her grandson, and he just seemed shaken up.

The defense also called several character witnesses to testify.

"I would say the community views him as a good person," said Martin Jones, who stated he was a friend of Spradlin.

Prosecutors called on Spradlin's ex-wife, Amber Spradlin, as their last witness. She testified they were married from April of 2007 to May of 2009. She stated they argued often.

"There was one argument where he kept trying to get by me and I wouldn't let him. I wanted to talk. This was after we had decided that we wanted to separate. And, he just kept on wanting to get by me, and I said no we need to talk and he punched the wall beside my head or the door," said Spradlin.

His ex-wife went on to say that she never felt scared of him.

Jurors were told to return just before 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday for closing arguments.

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