A court hearing that had been scheduled yesterday for a man accused of killing his infant son has been rescheduled for next year.
Marin Clay Allison, 24, charged in June with first-degree murder now has a court hearing scheduled for March 4. Allison’s attorney, Warren Gotcher, filed papers stating that his defendant needed additional time to prepare for his defense. District Judge Mark Campbell agreed with the request.
Allison was charged in June after an investigation into the death of his 14-month-old son, Ethan Allison, in May at a Durant residence.
According to an affidavit, by Durant Police Lt. Chris Marcy, Allison, who said he was ill at the time, admitted to becoming frustrated with the boy on the evening of May 20. He said he grabbed him by his clothes and pulled him off his feet and the boy fell. The boy’s head then hit a tile floor with much force.
The affidavit states that Allison stayed up all night researching head injuries and coma symptoms on the Internet. He called 911 at about 5:45 a.m. May 21 after the boy stopped breathing. According to police, Allison first said his son was injured from a fall, but during another interview June 11, he admitted the injuries were not from an accidental fall.
Ethan died May 22 at Children’s Medical Hospital in Dallas, Texas, after he was taken off of life support.
A doctor at Children’s Hospital completed an affidavit that states Ethan died of a severe and acute traumatic brain injury, According to Bryan County District Attorney Emily Redman, there is specific language in the first-degree murder statute that states the death of a child as the result of child abuse is considered first-degree murder.
Allison is free on bond.