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Defendant Convicted for Murder of Infant 

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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