BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Prosecutors can present new evidence in the trial of a father accused of beating his 8-year-old son to death.
Michael Robertson is accused of killing his son, Xzayvion Riley, on June 12, 2012. Robertson is charged with first-degree murder.
The Louisiana Supreme Court said evidence of alleged abuse that happened before the boy's death can be used at trial.
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore argued the details are important to the case.
"This is something that's very useful for the prosecution. I think it's beneficial to the jury to make the appropriate just decision," Moore said. "Now we have much sufficient evidence. The child is dead. The child is dead at his hands, this is four prior incidents that he has committed."
The defense is worried jury members could hear testimony not relevant to Xzayvion Riley's death.
Xzayvion lived with his mother, Lavaughn, at an apartment complex on Coy Avenue. His dad, Michael Robertson, was visiting when deputies said Lavaughn called for help on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Xzayvion was taken to the hospital, but did not survive. The autopsy revealed Xzayvion died due to a ruptured intestine caused by blunt force trauma to the stomach.
Lavaughn Riley is also charged with first-degree murder in the child's death.