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Prosecution Rests In Maurice Brown Murder Trial

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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - Shelby County's chief medical examiner took the stand Friday in the fourth day of Maurice Brown Sr.'s murder trial.

The prosecution rested its case shortly after 5 p.m.

Court will resume Saturday at 9 a.m. when the defense will present its case.

MORE: Testimony Begins In Maurice Brown's Murder Trial

Testimony continued Friday in Shelby County Criminal Court in Brown's trial, who's charged with killing his three-year-old son and hiding his body in 2012.

Brown has pleaded not guilty in his son, Maurice Jr.’s death.

The focus Friday was on the blood and DNA evidence collected two years ago, but also the report from Medical Examiner Karen Chancellor which took center stage during the afternoon court session.

The defense still says the prosecution doesn't have a lot of physical evidence.

What was presented in court by the medical examiner showed the exact injuries which led to this child's death. 

As the Shelby County medical examiner took the stand, the defendant sat, starring in silence.

Chancellor held the attention of the judge and jury, describing in detail, her examination of the toddler's body.

"Multiple areas of discoloration, bruises, contusion, blunt force injury," described Chancellor.

Brown Sr.'s defense attorney John Perry maintains this is a case where child discipline simply went too far. Perry stated even through phone calls in jail from Brown to his family that were presented in court.

In the recording, Brown is heard saying, he loves his kids and the police are simply trying to railroad him.

His attorney claims Brown was chastising his son for wetting his pants.

Chancellor showed in detail drawn pictures of Brown Jr.'s head, pointing to bruising, swelling and abrasions in several areas. She says he was brought in still wearing blue jeans and a Batman t-shirt.

"However an area of decomposition … injuries under the decomposition," Chancellor said.

The prosecution is accusing Brown of beating the child to death in the summer of 2012, then tossing his body into a dumpster.

The defense questioned whether the evidence supports the charges. A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agent Donna Nelson says out of several blood and DNA samples sent to the lab, only a yellow towel found inside of Brown's bathroom showed evidence belonging to the father and son.

“Based on the report, you found blood from Maurice Brown Jr., and Senior, that's correct, Nelson said.

What was without question was the lack of emotion as the medical examiner showed in graphic detail the fatal injuries of the little boy's body.

Chancellor found deep tissue bleeding on arms, legs and buttocks.
It's still unclear if Brown Sr., will take the stand. His attorney has alluded to this being the case for several days.

At this point the trial will likely go into the weekend.

Brown is facing life behind bars if he is found guilty.

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