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Prosecution rests, defense starts Tuesday in Reymundo Perez trial


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- A reckless homicide trial against a Bancroft man is continuing today in Stevens Point. 

The jury was sent home just after ten o’clock Monday when the prosecution rested its case against Reymundo Perez. The defense was not prepared to proceed. That’s because defense witnesses were subpoenaed to be in court Tuesday.

Monday, prosecutor Veronica Isherwood called State forensic pathologist Dr. Robert Corliss to the witness stand to describe what he found during 2-year-old Felix Espinoza-Villa’s autopsy. Defense attorney Gary Schmaus chose not to ask any questions of the doctor. Schmaus is expected to put his own expert witness on the stand first thing Tuesday.

Defense attorney Schmaus is expected to attempt to convince the jury that the toddler’s fatal injuries were the result of child abuse from his mother, Beatrice Villa. She has already been sentenced for child abuse.

Judge John Finn has set aside three more days for this trial, but its unknown if it will last that long.

Two-year-old Felix Espinoza-Villa died October 28th of 2011.