CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A father defending himself in a murder and child abuse case is guilty. Judge Robert Sumner ruled Wednesday in the Todd Boderick trial.
Boderick was sentenced to spend life in prison without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors say Boderick killed his 6-month-old daughter, Keyoni, in 2012. In their closing argument they asked the judge for justice.
Boderick showed no emotion when the verdict was read, which was similar to his behavior throughout the trial with the exception of Wednesday when he cried on the stand talking about the birth of Keyoni. In closing arguments, prosecutors called those tears crocodile tears and asked where his tears were when the 6-month-old was dead.
Wednesday, Boderick had over an hour to prepare for his closing argument. The court was in recess during that time as he consulted with his standby lawyer, Calvin Coleman. Boderick argued he wasn't the only person who was around his daughter because, he alleges, her mother Kirshay Mouzon was a prostitute.
"She would actually make her money in the room while Keyoni was still in the room, so I don't know what happened. I can't say who did what. But I can say a lot of people may have had access to her," Boderick said.
"I'm not guilty of these charges," Boderick said.
There was no jury in the case - at Boderick's request. But prosecutors still took the time to explain to the judge how Boderick violated the law.
"She suffered from broken bone after broken bone after broken bone, she was shaken, she was cut, she was scarred, she was battered, she was bruised. Keyoni's normal was everyone else's nightmare," said Assistant District Attorney Bill Bunting.
The prosecutor said Keyoni's short life was a slow, miserable death at the hands of her father who was left alone with her.
"She's dead because no one cared about her when she was alive - not her mother, not her father," Bunting said, "She deserved better than that, but it's too late and what she deserves now is justice."
The judge did not take a lunch.
"I will let you know when I'm ready to announce my verdict," Sumner said.
Around 2 p.m., the clerk read the judge's verdict. Boderick was found guilty of first-degree murder and child abuse.
"In the murder charge, I will sentence him to prison for life without parole," Sumner said.
Boderick's grandmother reacted to the sentence, sobbing and falling out of her seat. She was escorted out of the courtroom with the help of several sheriff's deputies.
Boderick was placed in handcuffs after learning of his life sentence and 110 to 144 months in prison for the child abuse charge.
His standby lawyer explained why he thought the case was both fair and unfair.
"I think the problem primarily [was that] this defendant has a 9th grade education," Coleman said. "It's almost impossible for him to represent himself in a murder case - it's much too complex."
Other judges ruled Boderick lost his right to counsel after years of delays and firing his lawyers. Before he was returned to the Mecklenburg County Jail Wednesday, the judge appointed a lawyer for Boderick's appeal.
Prosecutors did not comment on the case because Keyoni's mother is still facing a murder charge for not protecting her baby.