DATE: January 4, 2017
CASE: Damian Porter (Case #14F03935)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Timothy Carr, Special Assault & Child Abuse Unit
The Honorable Steve White sentenced Damian Porter to 25 years to life in prison. On November 29, 2016, a jury convicted Porter for 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.
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.
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