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Prosecution rests in Kilah Davenport trial

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UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

The defense is starting to present its case for Joshua Houser, the Union County man on trial for child abuse.

Investigators say Houser beat Kilah Davenport and shoved her head against a wall, leaving her brain damaged.

The prosecution rested Tuesday after bringing in one very important piece of evidence.

Jurors finally got to see that piece of sheet rock. It has a huge gaping hole.

Crime scene and lab technicians from Union County and the state said that the hair samples embedded in the wall, which belonged to Kilah Davenport, could only have been removed by force.

The jury learned that Kilah was 33 inches tall, but prosecutors pointed out that the hole in the wall was more than 48 inches from the floor.

The court heard more from Joshua Houser in his own words, text messages between him and Kilah's mother, Kirbi Davenport.

The tone of the texts changed from affectionate to troubling on May 16 of 2012, when Houser wrote, "Come home now."

Three minutes later he sent her a message that said, "Call me now."

And the last one allowed into evidence read, "Call me now. Kilah's Hurt."

Lisa Burris, who is the grandmother of Houser's daughter from a previous relationship, was the first defense witness. But just as she started her testimony, jurors were sent home.

The defense will continue to present its case on Wednesday morning. ​

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