FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — The lawyer for a New Jersey man charged with tossing his 2-year-old daughter into a creek while still strapped into her car seat says the real question for the jury is not whether he did it but whether he was thinking clearly that night.
Arthur Morgan III of Eatontown is accused of weighing down the seat with a tire-changing jack so it would sink. He is charged with killing his daughter, Tierra Morgan-Glover.
Her body was found partially submerged in a creek on Nov. 22, 2011.
In his opening statement Wednesday, defense attorney Ryan Moriarty said he is not asking the jury to absolve Morgan of responsibility.
Rather, he said, they should judge whether he acted deliberately or recklessly as his life spiraled downward because of homelessness and other factors.