South Dakota man convicted in death of Adrian Peterson’s son

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Man Found Guilty of 2nd-Degree Murder in Death of Adrian Peterson’s Son.

Joseph Patterson was found guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and aggravated battery in the October 2013 death of Minnesota Vikings running back ‘s son.Joseph Patterson, 29, faces a mandatory life sentence for the conviction on second-degree murder in the death of Tyrese Ruffin, who was the son of his then girlfriend and Peterson, prosecutors said. It was alleged that Patterson—who was the boyfriend of Ruffin’s mother—had beaten Ruffin to death, although the defense claimed that the child choked on a fruit snack and that any injuries he suffered were the result of CPR. According to the Associated Press (h/t, Peterson found out that Ruffin was his son just two months before his death and saw him in person for the first time one day before he died.

An autopsy concluded that the boy’s head sustained four blows, causing his brain to bleed, and doctors determined that the injuries could not have been accidental. Deputy attorney general Robert Mayer said jurors ultimately put their stock in the doctors who treated Ruffin over experts who testified for Patterson’s defense.

Police had said they were called to a Sioux Falls apartment in October 2013 because Patterson reported that he found Ruffin slumped over and unresponsive. As Yahoo’s Eric Adelson detailed at the time, a 7-year-old Peterson witnessed a drunk driver kill his older brother; three years later, his father was sentenced to 10 years in prison for money laundering; and on the night of the 2007 scouting combine, when Peterson was embarking on his NFL career, his stepbrother was murdered.

The running back wound up making a no-contest plea to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault, and his suspension was eventually overturned in a federal court, albeit after the season ended. A week later, Peterson attended Ruffin’s funeral. “It was a difficult day, just taking in the circumstance and the whole situation,” he said in 2013. “A child was buried. This former editor and part-time writer at The Post is now happy to prove that if you combine ‘blowhard’ and ‘blaggard,’ you get ‘blogger.’ He previously had used ‘Desmond Bieler’ as his byline, but feels that shortening the first name to ‘Des’ nicely conveys his ever-decreasing gravitas. Just trying to wrap my head around things and trying to stay focused and play ball as well.” A year later, Peterson was suspended for the entire NFL season when he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault chargers after injuring his 4-year-old son from Texas while disciplining him with a switch.

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