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Judge hears testimony for second day of pre-trial hearing of man accused of killing son

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Michael Robertson is led to a waiting police car. (Source: WAFB) Michael Robertson is led to a waiting police car. (Source: WAFB)
Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The father who allegedly beat his 8-year-old son to death will spend Wednesday in a judge’s courtroom for the second day of testimony in a pre-trial hearing.

Michael Robertson is accused of killing his son, Xzayvion Riley, on June 12, 2012. Robertson is charged with first-degree murder.

Proceedings got underway Wednesday morning in Judge Don Johnson’s courtroom with the prosecution calling Riley’s kindergarten teacher to the stand. She described the child as withdrawn.

A former Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) employee who handled prior reports of alleged abuse testified that Robertson was not allowed in the home in 2010, but the child's mother, Lavaughn Riley, was still allowing him to visit, which was a violation of their plan.

Prosecutors spent the previous day presenting evidence of abuse leading to Xzayvion Riley’s death. Prosecutor Will Morris claimed that evidence is extremely important to the case.

“The sequence of events leading up to it is so important to give the court, and ultimately the jury, a real picture of what this child was going through,” Morris said.

The defense declined to comment.

The first person to take the stand Tuesday was teary-eyed Lavaughn Riley.

“I’m doing this for Xzayvion,” she said. “He needs to be heard.”

Lavaughn Riley is also charged with first-degree murder in the child’s death.

Both the state and the defense will continue to introduce evidence and witnesses throughout the course of the hearing, which is expected to wrap up on Thursday.

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