Defense rests in Teghan Skiba murder trial

March 21, 2014 9:21:54 AM PDT
Jonathan Richardson's defense rested its case Friday. Closing arguments are expected Monday.

Richardson is accused of killing 4-year-old Teghan Skiba in 2010. The Johnston County girl was allegedly tortured, sexually assaulted, and beaten by her mother's boyfriend over a 10-day period while her mother, Helen Roxanne Reyes, was out-of-state for Army Reserves training in July 2010.

The then-21-year-old Richardson had originally taken Skiba to Johnston Medical Center -- she was later transferred to UNC-- claiming the girl had fallen off the bed. However, doctors found she had cuts, bruises, a head wound, and bite marks on her body. Skiba died days later from her injuries.