Penalty phase underway in Teghan Skiba murder case

Jonathan Richardson was found guilty of first-degree murder, felony child abuse, kidnapping & sexual offense.
March 26, 2014 4:05:51 PM PDT
A penalty phase underway in Johnston County for the man convicted of killing Teghan Skiba.

Jonathan Richardson was found guilty of first-degree murder, felony child abuse, kidnapping, and sexual offense with a child in the death of the 4-year-old. He now faces a possible death sentence.

An already graphic and horrifying trial got even worse Wednesday as a forensic pediatrician discussed in depth the torture and murder of the little girl.

"In my opinion Teghan Skiba was a victim of child torture," Dr. Sharon Cooper said. "She had more than 144 injuries...that is an extraordinarily high number of injuries...that's a particularly harsh action and causes especially a cruel pain and suffering much more pain and suffering perhaps than the first time the person was injured at that site. So the presence of a new injury over an old injury will cause this child to have that much more pain and that would be another type of action that would strongly support sadistic gratification."

Cooper went into great detail but what she described was so disturbing that Skiba's grandparents walked out.

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