Friday, May 4, 2012

Jury convicts dad of attempted manslaughter of 1-year-old son (Murfreesboro, Tennessee)

Looks like daddy GLENN "BUBBA" CLIMER JR. be spending time in the slammer.

Jury convicts father of attempted manslaughterMan could face 8-20 years in jail
7:55 PM, May. 3, 2012

Written by Mark Bell

MURFREESBORO — A local father has been found guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter of his 1-year-old son, along with other charges related to a November incident outside a local hospital.

Glenn "Bubba" Climer, Jr. faced a charge of attempted second-degree murder for twisting his son's head in a threatening manner when confronted by police outside Middle Tennessee Medical Center's emergency room Nov. 28. Authorities confronted Climer because the child had a bruise around his left eye.

Climer and his attorneys denied he ever hurt or intended to hurt the child. He did not testify at his own trial.

Jurors found him guilty Thursday of the attempted manslaughter charge, along with charges of attempted aggravated child abuse, child abuse, simple assault and resisting arrest, following a three-day trial in front of Rutherford County Judge David Bragg.

Assistant District Attorney Laurel Hemenway, Murfreesboro Police Detective Tommy Roberts and Nancy Nelson, a forensic investigator for the district attorney’s office, prosecuted the case on behalf of the state of Tennessee. They all said they were pleased with the verdict at the conclusion of the trial.
"I am very pleased with the verdict," said Prosecutor Laurel Hemenway, adding that jurors may have struggled with the definition of attempted second-degree murder when deciding the case. She also thanked Roberts and Nelson for their work on the case. "They put a lot of hard work into this."

Climer now faces between 8 to 20 years in prison depending on whether he is sentenced concurrently or consecutively by a judge at a sentencing hearing tentatively scheduled for June 22.

According to Hemenway, prosecutors will be able to use a previous case in which Woodbury authorities accused Climer of trying to "pull his other child apart" during a confrontation with authorities there. Mentions of the previous case at his criminal trial were disallowed by Bragg because of the possible influence it may have had on the jury in its deliberations regarding the current charges.
During closing arguments in the case, Climer's defense attorney, Assistant Public Defender Rusty Perkins, argued that it would be ridiculous to believe Climer would take his child to the emergency room and then attempt to kill it in front of police and MTMC security.

Climer went to the hospital with his child after his mother had to be taken there in reference to chest pains. Climer's mother had earlier witnessed an argument between Climer and the mother of his child over the child's paternity, according to previous testimony.

Hemenway argued that it was in a fit of rage over that argument with the child's mother that Climer decided to harm the child to get back at her. She had earlier fled their home during the argument.