Monday, April 6, 2015

Dad convicted of 1st-degree murder in death of 2-year-old son (Kalamazoo County, Michigan)

Dad is identified as BRIAN K. ROBERTS.

Jury convicts dad of 1st degree murder in 2-year-old's death
Jury convicts Kalamazoo father, 41, of 1st-degree murder in 2-year-old's death
Posted on April 2, 2015 at 1:52 p.m.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A jury has found a 41-year-old Kalamazoo man guilty of first-degree murder and child abuse in the death of his 2-year-old son.

The Kalamazoo County Circuit Court jury deliberated about two hours before finding Brian K. Roberts guilty on all counts Thursday.

Authorities say Kalamazoo police officers found Nehemiah Dodd unconscious Dec. 31, 2013. The boy died two days later.

Roberts originally pleaded guilty to second-degree murder but then withdrew the plea. Second-degree murder carries a sentence of up to life in prison with parole possible, while first-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence without parole.

Judge Paul J. Bridenstiner has scheduled Roberts’ sentencing April 27.