Defense objects to crime scene video in child death trial

Attorneys say video disturbing, inflammatory

By Paul Venema - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - After strong objections from defense attorneys, a judge allowed prosecutors to introduce crime scene video during the trial of Gloria Proo, 50, the step-grandmother of 5-year-old Josiah Williams, who died two days after Christmas in 2015 from “prolonged malnutrition and physical abuse,” according to doctors.

The video showed the child’s lifeless body in an ambulance as well as scenes from the family home, where he died. He was living with his father Charleston Williams and Williams’ wife, Crystal Williams, when he died.

Proo is facing injury to a child-serious bodily injury by omission charges.

A family friend testified Thursday that she became concerned for the child’s safety a month before he died. She said that she saw him at a picnic where Proo was in charge.

“He looked ill,” Estephanie Vera testified. “He lost a lot of weight, looked a little yellowish and looked like he was in trouble.”

Last spring, Crystal Williams was convicted of injury to a child-serious bodily injury in the child’s death. She was sentenced to 99 years in prison. The child’s father is awaiting trial.

Testimony is expected to continue Friday in Judge Ron Rangel’s 379th District Court.

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