CLEVELAND COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - William McCullen, the man on trial for the murder of 3-year-old Jordyn Dumont, will not take the stand in his own defense.
When it came time for the defense’s turn Friday, McCullen’s attorney said the defense is not presenting any evidence.
The judge asked McCullen, “Do you wish to testify on your own behalf?”
McCullen answered, “No sir.”
McCullen told the judge Friday he and his lawyer aren’t going to call any witnesses in his murder trial.
He’s charged with killing 3-year-old Jordyn Dumont, who was the daughter of his live-in girlfriend in August of 2016.
McCullen said he believes he told his side of the story in the interrogation video played for the jury in court Thursday.
“I lost my temper, but I never planned nothing,” McCullen said in the video.
On Friday, the medical examiner testified. Prosecutors showed the jury dozens of graphic photos of bruises all over little Jordyn’s body, including a large injury to her head and internal injuries consistent with punches to the little girl’s stomach.
“In my opinion the cause of death is blunt force injuries due to assault,” Medical examiner Dr. Jonathan Privette said.
Dr. Privette says Jordyn Dumont bled to death internally.
McCullen is facing life in prison, if he’s convicted of first degree murder.
On Monday morning, attorneys will present their closing arguments and then the jury is set to begin deliberations.