Murder trial expected to wrap up today

By Randy Bruce

October 2, 2013

Closing arguments were scheduled to begin today for a man accused of killing his 14-month-old infant son.

Testimony continued Tuesday in the trial of Marin Clay Allison, 25, Finley, who is charged with first-degree murder by child abuse for the May 2012 death of Ethan Allison at a Durant residence.

Allison’s trial began Monday.

He was charged last year after an investigation by the Durant Police Department into the death of Ethan Allison, who died from a traumatic brain injury after being transported to Children’s Hospital in Dallas.

According to a probable-cause affidavit by Lt. Chris Marcy, Allison said he became frustrated with his young son, who was wanting to play while Mr. Allison was ill. Allison said he grabbed the boy by his clothes and that he slipped and then hit his head on a tile floor.

Allison then stayed up all night researching brain injuries and coma symptoms on the Internet before calling for help at approximately 5:45 the following morning when the child stopped breathing, according to an affidavit.

The first-degree murder charge was filed because under state law, the death of a child by alleged child abuse is considered murder.

The trial was expected to conclude today.