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DATE: November 30, 2016
CASE: Damian Porter (Case #14F03935)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Timothy Carr, Special Assault & Child Abuse Unit
Damian Porter was convicted by a jury of the second-degree murder of Graeson Byrd and assault on a child resulting in death. A separate jury acquitted co-defendant Davonna Rae Byrd, the victim’s mother, of murder and assault on a child causing death charges.
On April 8, 2013, Porter was home alone with 11-week-old Graeson from early in the morning until 911 was called later that afternoon. When medical personnel arrived, Graeson was not breathing and did not have a heartbeat. The child was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital a short time later. Medical evidence showed Graeson had sustained a serious head injury that caused his death, and that Graeson had sustained numerous other injuries inflicted over several weeks. Among those injuries were rib, arm, and leg fractures.
Porter faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for December 30, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 21 in front of the Honorable Steve White.
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