Public Defender Cries Foul When Witness Changes Testimony in Muldoon Murder Trial

By Dave Franzman and Trish Mehaffey, Reporters

Lee Muldoon sits with his attorney's Todd Weimer and Tyler Johnston during the prosecution's opening statement in his first degree murder trial Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010 at the Linn County District Courthouse in Cedar Rapids. (Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News)

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By Richard Pratt

CEDAR RAPIDS -- Bruises on the body of a 2 year old who was eventually beaten to death came out again this morning in the murder trial of Lee Muldoon.

The 25 yr old Coggon man is on trial for first degree murder in the death of Skylar Inman.

The state is trying to prove Muldoon abused the girl over a two month period leading up to her death in July 2008.

Muldoon and the girl's mother, Brianna Volesky, lived together for just a two-month period before the child died.

One doctor testified he examined Skylar Inman in May 2008 for a rash and saw no significant bruising then.

A physician's assistant from that office did see some bruises in a later visit on the child's forehead and cheek.

But when she asked a grandmother what happened, the explanation of a fall sounded logical.

Muldoon is also charged with child endangerment causing death. If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole.

Volesky has also pleaded guilty to neglect of child and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Skylar. She will testify for the state against Muldoon.

Testimony got underway Thursday. During opening statements, the defense claimed there’s no physical evidence to tie Muldoon to the crime and the prosecution says Muldoon and Volesky are both responsible for child abuse Skylar suffered but Muldoon is responsible for her death. Skylar had 130 bruises on her body and massive internal injuries.

The trial is expected to last more than three weeks.

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