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Tre Henderson testifies in his own defense in beating death of 5-year-old

Tre Henderson testifies in his own defense in beating death of 5-year-old

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The trial of the man accused of the beating death of 5-year-old Ja'Shawn Bussell is in the hands of a jury.

Closing arguments ended in Tre Henderson's trial Wednesday evening. He is alleged to have inflicted the head injuries that lead to Ja'Shawn's death May 1, 2018.

The 28-year-old Henderson testified in his own defense earlier Wednesday.

In closing arguments, his attorney, Mike Adams, emphasized the idea that Tre Henderson had nothing to do with the child's death.

Adams told jurors Ja'Shawn's mother, Jaqueline Rombert, repeatedly beat the child. The court-appointed attorney said the 5-year-old's massive bruising and skull fracture were caused by a fall.

Scott County Attorney Mike Walton relied on a timeline that showed the amount of time Henderson spent alone with the child, as well as as a series of videos that show Ja'Shawn interacting with Henderson while appearing terrified.

In a final statement, Walton said Ja'Shawn's head injuries were not a week old, as Henderson alleged. Walton said Henderson battered the child a short time before, or on the day of April 27. 2018.

On that day, Rambert called 911 and reported her son was choking and unresponsive. Ja'Shawn was taken to a local hospital and later airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals with life-threatening injuries. He died on May 1, 2018.

An autopsy determined he died from complications of blunt force injuries of the head.

Tre Henderson


Rambert will be sentenced in March after pleading guilty last month to two counts of child endangerment. She testified for the prosecution during the trial.

Quad-City Times​



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