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Madison jury hearing second day of testimony in Chritton trial

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Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A jury in Madison is hearing its second day of testimony in the trial of Chad Chritton, the man accused of starving and torturing his teen daughter by locking her in a basement.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said in his opening argument that the 15-year-old girl had cuts on her face, and purple toes from exposure to the cold after she had escaped.

A passing motorist found the girl walking in cold temperatures last February. Ozanne said the teen weighed 68 pounds and looked like she was 8.

Defense attorney William Hayes told the jury that the youngster threatened to kill her father – and he had a difficult time dealing with her psychiatric issues.

Over 100 people are on a list of possible witnesses for the trial, which is scheduled to run for another week-and-a-half.

Both Chritton and his wife are charged with six felonies and a misdemeanor, including child neglect and false imprisonment. 

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