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Reported by Andrew Douglas

Jurors hear graphic testimony in Jeffrey Scott trial

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Jurors heard graphic testimony Wednesday in trial of Jeffrey Scott, the Cordova man accused of beating to death his wife Ashley, a teacher at Bolton High School. 

Testimony came from police, paramedics and hospital staff who treated Ashley Scott, and centered around her brutal beating and the text message that may have started it all.

Memphis Police Sgt. Robert Edwards said he arrived at the Scott home and asked Jeffrey Scott what happened as Ashley Scott was rushed to Baptist East.
"He told me he and his wife had gotten into an altercation over a text message and it turned physical," Edwards said.
Jurors winced and looked upset when they saw several pictures of Ashley Scott covered with bruises all over her body.  When pressed further, Scott told police the text message was from another man.  Edwards testified he did not ask about the content of the message.

On cross examination, defense attorney Leslie Ballin went through police documents, and said the couple was together all night, drinking beer, wine, and vodka, and that Jeffrey Scott thought he did not do any severe damage.

"He told you that his perception of the altercation was that it didn't hurt her enough to injure her?" Ballin asked the officer.

"Correct," Edwards replied.

Ballin tried to cast more reasonable doubt, saying once Scott thought something was wrong, he a friend - a doctor.

"When he noticed something medically wrong with her he called a medical friend who was a doctor?" he asked.

"Yes," Edwards replied.

Ballin appeared to be trying to cast doubt by showing inconsistencies in each of the witness' statements.   In addition, continued to suggest to jurors that the killing may have been accidental - not intentional.

Also in court Wednesday, were also shown pictures of Ashley Scott with bruises all over her body -- while a mug shot of Jeffrey Scott showed not even a scratch.  Dr. Michael Smith, a physician at Baptist East Hospital, testified that Ashley Scott was so severely beaten that she was brain dead when she arrived at the hospital.


UPDATE: Second day of testimony wraps in Scott Trial

Reported by Janice Broach

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - In the second day of testimony in the Jeffrey Scott trial, jurors saw graphic photos of the severely bruised and swollen body of Ashley Scott.
Jurors winced and Jeffrey Scott averted his eyes as prosecutors presented the photos.

A doctor at Baptist Memorial East testified that Ashley Scott was beaten so severely that she was brain dead on arrrival at the hospital.

Dr. Michael Smith said on the stand that the victim was "brain dead secondary to massive head trauma."

Family members on both sides listened to disturbing testimony.

A Memphis police sergeant testified that Jeffrey Scott had told him the couple got into a physical fight after Ashley received a text message.

"So, the concept was text messaging between her and another man," said defense attorney Leslie Ballin.

The source and contents of that text message have not been revealed.

Ashley Scott's doctor told jurors that the couple had been trying to conceive a baby."She was in the process of trying to get pregnant," said OBGYN Jonathan Stern.

Stern testified that Ashley was taking a drug to help her improve her chances of conceiving.

Ballin wanted to know if tests showed Ashley Scott was diabetic. The doctor said he never tested her for diabetes.

When asked to explain the significance of diabetes in the case, Ballin only said "stay tuned."

Former Shelby Co. Medical Examiner O.C. Smith listened to Wednesday's testimony in the courtroom. Ballin says Smith will testify for the defense regarding what caused Ashley Scott's death.

A T.B.I crime lab officer testified that it couldn't be determined if bruises on the victim's back were caused by a shoe.
Jurors also saw a photo of women's clothing - some of it on hangers in the trunk of a Volkswagen in the couple's garage - leaving the impression that Ashley Scott had plans to leave her husband.
The trial will continue Thursday. Stay with Action News 5 and WMCTV.com for complete, up-to-the-minute coverage.


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