Defense and prosecution rest case in Lytle trial - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Defense and prosecution rest case in Lytle trial

Summer Phelps Summer Phelps
Jonathan Lytle Jonathan Lytle

SPOKANE, Wash. - The father accused of homicide by abuse in the death of his four-year-old daughter was back in court Wednesday.  The medical examiner took the stand and gave new testimony against Jonathan Lytle.

The prosecution rested its case around 2:30. The defense called for the trial to be dismissed because the prosecution proved Summer Phelps died as the result of abuse but failed to prove who was responsible for the abuse. The judge denied the motion to toss out the case.

The defense rested its case without calling any witnesses to the stand.  The jury will hear closing arguments Friday morning.

Jonathan and his wife Adriana Lytle are charged with torturing, beating and killing four-year-old Summer Phelps.

According to court documents, Jonathan Lytle said during the day of Summer's death, the girl had received discipline for urinating on the floor and being defiant. She had been made to wash items in the bathtub.

Later in the evening while the girl was again washing items out in the tub, Adriana Lytle had left the room and when she returned, found her unresponsive in the water.

The child died about midnight after Jonathan Lytle rushed the four-year-old girl to the emergency room at Deaconess Medical Center.

The couple admitted in the document to using a shock collar on the girl, beating her with a belt, and making her stand in uncomfortable positions while washing out urine soaked items in the bathtub, and dunking her head under water when she worked too slowly.

Adrianna Lytle pleaded guilty to the same charges of homicide by abuse in July of 2008 and faces at least 20 years in prison.

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