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Scott found guilty of felony murder in son's death

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A jury on Thursday convicted Corduray Scott of killing his 3-month-old son but absolved him of committing murder with malice.

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Corduray Scott demonstrates for Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms how a baby swing broke and his son, Corduray Scott Jr., fell out and hit his head. A jury convicted Scott of felony murder in his son's death.  KYLE MARTIN/STAFF
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Corduray Scott demonstrates for Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms how a baby swing broke and his son, Corduray Scott Jr., fell out and hit his head. A jury convicted Scott of felony murder in his son's death.


The verdict followed three days of testimony that mixed scientific evidence of child abuse with character witnesses swearing that Scott would never hurt a child.

Superior Court Judge Sheryl Jolly said Scott showed no acceptance of responsibility and sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole after the jury found him
guilty of felony murder and one count of cruelty to children in the second degree.

“This child for 3½ months suffered severely at your hands either because you didn’t know what you were doing or you didn’t care,” Jolly said. “It’s not my place to guess.”

Scott was indicted on charges of felony and malice murder and four counts of second-degree cruelty to children after Corduray Scott Jr. died Jan. 21, 2010.

The state’s case was built around the testimony of two Medical College of Georgia pediatricians who treated the infant when he was admitted with seizures Jan. 18, 2010.

The doctors testified that the child was basically brain dead and that they began examining him for other signs of abuse.

An autopsy performed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed what they said were the classic signs of abuse: bleeding brain, bleeding in the eyes and evidence of older injuries, including a skull fracture and nine broken ribs.

In an interview with Richmond County sheriff’s Investigator Sean Cochran, Scott admitted to jumping with the child in his arms to comfort him and listed four other incidents in which the child could have been hurt. Those admissions were the basis for the indictment.

Defense attorneys Steve Schmutz and David Aylor told jurors those admissions were coerced and the result of repeated questioning after six denials from Scott.

They also emphasized that Scott and the baby’s mother, Shakeila Jones, were unemployed with no car and lived together in a small apartment. All four of the incidents of alleged child cruelty occurred
with the mother in the home, they said.

Jurors convicted Scott of the incident in which the child fell over onto a couch cushion and couldn’t breathe. For that, he received 10 years consecutive to the life sentence. They acquitted him of three other alleged incidents that involved squeezing the child until his ribs cracked, slamming the child’s head against a door frame and allowing the child to fall off a bed.

After the verdict, Scott’s mother, Shaw­nece Scott, said her son might be guilty of some form of neglect, but not murder.

“The world is throwing away a great asset,” she said.

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my.voice
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my.voice 08/16/12 - 05:36 pm
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“The world is throwing away a

“The world is throwing away a great asset,” she said.

Um....NO, the asset was MURDERED by this twerp. Welcome to General Population Mr Scott.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 08/16/12 - 06:20 pm
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Way To Go Judge Jolly !!
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Nine broken ribs ? There is no excuse for cruelty to a child. An asset ? Your son, who broke nine ribs, slammed his little head against the door frame. You mean that asset ? I agree with my.voice -- Umm, NO !!

Jake
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Jake 08/16/12 - 06:42 pm
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Asset

The only part of that word that would apply to a killer of a defenseless infant would be the first 3 letters followed by the 4 letter word for a pit dug in the ground. I hope he never sees the light of day again.

CABoatright
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CABoatright 08/17/12 - 06:59 am
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LOL!! 'General population'
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LOL!!
'General population' probably has the welcome wagon set up for him!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/17/12 - 07:37 am
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No asset

Take him away ....good for the Judge

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 08/17/12 - 07:58 am
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gee..he looks a whole lot
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gee..he looks a whole lot different than his booking picture....they dressed-ed him up real nice...i wonder where he got that suit from...i didn't know citi trends sells suits like that one......"i did-ded not-ted hit-ted dat baby...y'all seeze dat baby fell-ded out of the swing all by itself...i was on-ded dat couch smokin a blunt"....another one of barry's children at least this one doesn't get to vote..if he could even read the ballot

CABoatright
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CABoatright 08/17/12 - 08:24 am
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Mother s/b in court too!
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"All four of the incidents of alleged child cruelty occurred
with the mother in the home." What about said "mother" of this child? Doesn't she have a responsibility to protect this child???

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/17/12 - 08:56 am
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And take his wife and mother,

And take his wife and mother, too. Just as guilty in this baby's death..

Beachgal
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Beachgal 08/17/12 - 09:09 am
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Nauseating

As I read the description of all the injuries this tiny infant was subjected to, I can't help but wonder what a 3.5 month old baby could have done to be have to endure so much torture? How much rage does this man have that he directed it towards a defenseless being? DFCS better check the other children for signs of abuse. Bury him...and shame on the mother and girlfriend for being so blind that they could not see.

KSL
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KSL 08/17/12 - 09:18 am
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In my opinion, she is guilty

In my opinion, she is guilty as well. Ever notice how many child abuse incidents involve people who are not married? Non-traditional FAMILIES.

KSL
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KSL 08/17/12 - 09:21 am
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I doubt he will serve out his

I doubt he will serve out his entire sentence.

burninater
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burninater 08/17/12 - 12:12 pm
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In my opinion, she is guilty

In my opinion, she is guilty as well. Ever notice how many child abuse incidents involve people who are not married? Non-traditional FAMILIES.
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KSL, it might not be as simple as "non-traditional families". Are higher abuse rates purely a result of a non-traditional family, or might it be that abusive personalities produce more broken families? The distinction there is that the abusive personality may be the cause of both situations, and that single family homes may be a symptom, not a cause.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/17/12 - 01:45 pm
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There should be an

There should be an investigation on the wife/ girlfriend. Any person who has raised and cared for a baby would know something was dreadfully wrong in this case. She needs to be held accountable and so does any other adult who had knowledge or suspicion of the abuse and did not report to proper authorities. It takes my breath away to think of how this baby suffered at the hands of those who are suppose to love, protect and nurture.

KSL
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KSL 08/17/12 - 03:45 pm
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Correct Burn, but notice I

Correct Burn, but notice I did not ascribe cause and effect.

HighSociety
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HighSociety 08/18/12 - 04:52 am
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I can think of several ways

I can think of several ways this man should pay for this crime, and none include prison time. He may do 60% of the time given, which is a joke! Death is the only answer for this coward.

nevertoolate
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nevertoolate 08/18/12 - 07:33 am
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Animals...

...the whole lot of them. A baby's bones are soooo difficult to break, they are not solidified yet, still soft and malleable like cartiledge. It takes great force to "break" an infant's bones. This is sickening, this baby was only 3.5 months old, apparently never knew physical comfort, affection, security and love. His little life was nothing but pain and confusion and fear. Infants aren't accident-prone. I agree, the mother and anyone within the age of reason who had knowledge of this attrocity should hauled up in front of the judge. Murderers. Baby murderers...

dukebrother29
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dukebrother29 08/18/12 - 08:36 am
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parole...

Parole is not a possibility. Unless the legislature changes the law, Mr. Scott will never go before a parole board, nor will he be released early. He received a life without parole sentence, which means he will have to serve his entire natural life in the prison system. If he had been given the possibility of parole, he could be considered for parole after thirty years in confinement. Instead, he received the more severe sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

Jane18
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Jane18 08/20/12 - 08:11 am
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Malice or no malice?

"....absolved of committing murder with malice". What this piece of human flesh did was with the intent to harm. I don't think my Webster's Dicrionary is wrong, so, how in the world could anyone find this murder was without malice? Anyway, he got what he deserves, now for the ones that knew what this guy was doing....................

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