KENNEWICK, Wash.- A Benton County judge wants proof an expert defense witness is too busy to testify before next year.
Kelli Jacobson is scheduled to go on trial in September for manslaughter in the death of a one-year-old boy last June. But her defense attorney, Scott Johnson, says an expert on Shaken Baby Syndrome won't be able to testify until January.
Superior Court Judge Vic Vanderschoor says he's reluctant to delay the trial for that long, and says he'd like to see the expert's schedule. "I think that's only fair that we get some kind of documentation," Vanderschoor said in court Tuesday. "It's not that I don't trust him. It's just I think we need to have something like that for the file."
Detectives say Jacobson, hired as a nanny, had called 911 and said one-year-old Morrison Ryder fell and hit his head, but the coroner says the boy suffered additional injuries, and ruled the death a homicide.