HAMILTON, Ohio -- Jurors in the trial of Bradley Young, the Madison Township man accused of beating and killing 2-year-old Kinsley Kinner, will visit the Radabaugh Road residence where investigators said the crime happened.
The jury view will occur soon after the trial begins April 25.
Defense attorneys Frank Schiavone III and Frank Schiavone IV requested that the jury physically visit the scene rather than rely on photos taken by investigators. The defense team said the jurors need to see for themselves the proximity of the rooms in the house as well as the garage.
The prosecution did not object and, during a pre-trial hearing today, Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth granted the motion.
Spaeth also ruled the defense could have any statement given by co-defendant Rebekah Kinner, Kinsley’s mother, about the case. She pleaded guilty earlier this month to involuntary manslaughter and two other felonies for not stopping Young’s alleged abuse of her toddler and not seeking medical help after.
Kinner, who faces 25 years in prison, is the key witness in the case against Young. After her plea, a forensic evaluation was ordered in preparation of her sentencing on May 5. Young’s defense team wants access to any statements Kinner makes as part of that evaluation.
The Schiavones say Kinner’s seven statements so far are inconsistent.
Spaeth said the statement from Kinner as part of the mitigation report will be available to the defense if it exists before she takes the stand. But the judge said he will have to evaluate any confidential portions of the report first.
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