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  1. #16
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    http://www.wafb.com/story/26048282/e...-trial-hearing

    After three days of emotional testimony, the court recessed the pre-trial hearing until August 4 for Michael Robertson, the man accused of beating his 8-year-old son to death. The decision was largely based on the testimony provided by the final witness of the day...

    Pierson continued with her testimony, in which she was asked about her interactions with Robertson’s son, Xzayvion Riley. She claimed she did witness Robertson punch Xzayvion four times in the chest with a closed fist while in the parking lot outside of Brilliant Minds.

    “It wasn’t a slap and it wasn’t a tap,” she said. “It was a punch.”

  2. #17
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    http://theadvocate.com/news/9871778-...iley-testifies

    Xzayvion Riley’s oldest sister calmly testified Friday that she saw the Baton Rouge boy’s father, Michael Anthony Robertson, discipline her brother by punching, but never saw them play together over the years leading up to his death in 2012 at age 8.

    “Yes ma’am. A lot,” the soft-spoken, articulate 13-year-old replied when East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney Leila Braswell asked if Robertson ever hit Xzayvion.

    “Does punching count as hitting?” the girl inquired of the prosecutor, indicating Robertson would punch Xzayvion.

    The girl also said her brother told her on more than one occasion that he was afraid of Robertson, whom she referred to as Tony. The girl said she feared Robertson “sometimes.”

    Robertson, 48, and Xzayvion’s mother, Lavaughn Riley, 34, both are charged with first-degree murder in the boy’s alleged beating death.

    The girl testified her mother, Riley, would discipline Xzayvion with a belt.

    The girl’s testimony came on the fourth day of a hearing — three days of which were held in mid-July — in Robertson’s case. The hearing will resume in November when Robertson’s attorneys will call witnesses of their own.

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    There were supposed to be more hearings in November but I can't find any news about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donjeta View Post
    http://theadvocate.com/news/9871778-...iley-testifies

    Xzayvion Riley’s oldest sister calmly testified Friday that she saw the Baton Rouge boy’s father, Michael Anthony Robertson, discipline her brother by punching, but never saw them play together over the years leading up to his death in 2012 at age 8.

    “Yes ma’am. A lot,” the soft-spoken, articulate 13-year-old replied when East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney Leila Braswell asked if Robertson ever hit Xzayvion.

    “Does punching count as hitting?” the girl inquired of the prosecutor, indicating Robertson would punch Xzayvion.

    The girl also said her brother told her on more than one occasion that he was afraid of Robertson, whom she referred to as Tony. The girl said she feared Robertson “sometimes.”

    Robertson, 48, and Xzayvion’s mother, Lavaughn Riley, 34, both are charged with first-degree murder in the boy’s alleged beating death.

    The girl testified her mother, Riley, would discipline Xzayvion with a belt.

    The girl’s testimony came on the fourth day of a hearing — three days of which were held in mid-July — in Robertson’s case. The hearing will resume in November when Robertson’s attorneys will call witnesses of their own.

    beyond heartbreaking..............

    I tried to find followups and couldn't locate anything either.
    Just My Opinion

  5. #20
    http://theadvocate.com/news/14904949...-testify-again

    This article was just posted on The Advocate Feb. 17, 2016; 6:00 p.m.

    Absolutely heartbreaking case. Poor Xzayvion, you deserved to know love and safety on this earth. May you finally be at peace, little angel.

  6. #21
    From article: http://theadvocate.com/news/14904949...-testify-again

    “Xzayvion’s hospital records from that incident, just months before his death, document the young man’s request that he be protected from his mother,” Craig added.
    Robertson has court dates scheduled in March and July. Riley’s next court appearance is July 7.
    Lagattuta said Riley’s fear of losing her children to the state prevented her from stopping Robertson’s alleged abuse of Xzayvion.
    A former state child welfare investigator has testified in the case that a safety plan was put in place following an August 2010 incident that disallowed Robertson from coming into the boy’s home or disciplining him. Riley agreed to the plan.
    Xzayvion told the investigator his father choked and punched him and put his head in a toilet during the incident.

    The alleged incident is one that the state Supreme Court said a jury can hear about."

    This is crazy. It makes me so angry. It is obvious that there were prior incidents and reports, why was Xzayvion still left with his mother? What does Child Welfare have to say about their lack of actions?

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    From July:

    Death penalty won't be pursued in 2012 beating death of 8-year-old Xzayvion Riley; father 'not a monster,' attorney says

    http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rou...cc87d72d1.html

    Assistant District Attorney Will Morris made the announcement during a hearing in the criminal case of Michael Robertson, 51, and Lavaughn Riley, 37, who have pleaded not guilty.

    Morris told state District Judge Don Johnson that prosecutors won't seek the death penalty against Robertson or Riley in an effort to expedite the 5-year-old case.
    District Attorney Hillar Moore III noted that after five years of proceedings in the case, there is still no trial date set.

    "It's time to get this matter to trial and concluded," he said afterward, adding that the death penalty would have been an appropriate penalty in the case. "I want to see this matter concluded."

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