Wright Murder Trial Begins

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The trial of a Zanesville father accused in the death of his son started Monday in Muskingum County. The first day of testimony took place in the trial of Dale Wright before Judge Mark Fleegle.

Wright is on trial for murder, endangering children and felonious assault in the death of his 5-month old son, Dash Christopher Ray Wright who was found not breathing on the night of August 3, 2010. During opening statements Assistant Prosecutor Ron Welch explained the events leading to Dash’s death.

"We can’t tell you why, we don’t have a motive, we can’t tell you what Dash was abused with. We do know he suffered massive head injuries massive head injuries that neurologically devastating."

The jury was also shown chilling autopsy photos of young Dash, causing Wright to look away. His lawyer tried to place some of the focus on the lack of investigation into the child’s mother, Rosemary Ellison.

"Dale was the focus. But, you’ll hear Rosemary Ellison was with the child the entire day too," said Wright’s attorney Mark Stubbins.

Members of the Community Ambulance also testified to Wright’s demeanor the night of Dash’s death and about the wounds he sustained. But, when asked about seeing an injury to the skull EMS member Robin Fisher couldn’t recall.

The prosecution continues their case Tuesday. Wright remains in the Muskingum County Jail on a $1 million bond. The trial is expected to last through Thursday.

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