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Man Found Guilty of Murder of 6-Month-Old Son


A jury found Yumar Burks of East Lansing guilty of first degree child abuse and felony murder of his three-month-old son Antonio. The verdict came down Tuesday afternoon.

The prosecutor's office says felony murder carries a mandatory life in prison sentence with no chance of parole. Burk is scheduled to be sentenced at the end of October.

In closing arguments, the defense attorney didn't deny Burks hit Antonio in March 2011 in their East Lansing home. The defense claims the baby's injuries came from Burks accidentally rolling on top of the infant and when Burks tried to give him CPR after thinking he drowned in the bathtub.

The prosecuting attorney says out of uncontrollable rage, Burks repeatedly punched his son to get him to stop crying. The infant died from his injuries.

"The evidence supports that he knowingly and intentionally punched his son over 20 times with the force of a high-speed traffic accident," said prosecuting attorney, Deb Rousseau.

"What caused Antonio Burks to die was Mr. Burk's failure to respond appropriately in an emergency situation," said Defense Attorney Tom Clement.

The prosecution and the jury thought otherwise.

"There was overwhelming physical evidence, CSI and from the autopsy. The defendant's explanation of what occurred simply didn't match up with the physical evidence," said Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III.

Family members of the child didn't want to comment on camera, but say they're relieved by the verdict.

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