Video game obsession is what lead to the beating death of 17-month-old Alayiah Turman, an Assistant District Attorney said yesterday in the closing arguments of Tyrone Spellman’s murder trial.
“(Spellman’s) entire life and daily routine is about playing (Ghost Recon).
“What do you think someone with that kind of obsession is going to do when it gets knocked over? What do you think is going to happen?
“The skull fractures on that baby are what happened.”
Prosecutors say that Spellman was obsessed with video games, that he played them up to six hours a day. They say that in September 2006 Spellman beat his daughter, Alayiah Turman, to death after she knocked over his Xbox 360 while he was playing Ghost Recon.
Spellman’s defense attorney cast blame on the child’s mother and said that the confession was coerced. The case was handed to the jury yesterday afternoon, but they had still not reached a verdict last night and were set to return today to continue deliberation.
Jury talking in infant-death case [The Philadelphia Inquirer]