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Father on trial found not guilty of murder, guilty of manslaughter

Posted: June 17, 2013 - 1:58pm
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Juneau court security officer Al Fenumiai handcuffs David J. Paul, 24, in Juneau Superior Court on Monday after the jury returned a guilty verdict of manslaughter in the death of 4-month-old Rian Jambi Orr. Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland is seen at right and paralegal Thea Howard is in the background.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
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Juneau court security officer Al Fenumiai handcuffs David J. Paul, 24, in Juneau Superior Court on Monday after the jury returned a guilty verdict of manslaughter in the death of 4-month-old Rian Jambi Orr. Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland is seen at right and paralegal Thea Howard is in the background.

The father on trial for killing a Juneau infant in August 2010 has been found not guilty of second-degree murder, but guilty of manslaughter.

The six-man, six-woman jury returned their verdict in the case against David J. Paul, 24, after deliberating for about 12 to 15 hours over a three day span. The verdict was announced at noon Monday in Juneau Superior Court.

Paul, who was accused of causing the death of his girlfriend’s 4-month-old baby Rian Jambi Orr, will be sentenced on Sept. 5. He could be facing a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

During the four-week-long trial, prosecutors argued that Paul abused the infant, possibly by shaking, which resulted in her fatal brain injuries. Orr was found seizing at home on Aug. 9, 2010, and was flown to a Seattle hospital where she died a week later.

“It is the collective hope of the Juneau District Attorney’s Office and the Juneau Police Department that by presenting Rian’s case we did right by Rian, vindicated her memory, and served justice,” Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp said in a statement after the verdict was announced.

Editor’s Note: This developing story will be expanded.

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