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BRENDAN CREATO: State of NJ vs. David Creato for murder of son to keep girlfriend *VERDICT WATCH*

Discussion in 'Courtroom' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Haddon Township To Honor The Life Of Brendan Creato

    An honor will be placed in memory of 3-year-old Brendan Creato in Haddon Township.

    Officials announced that a bench and a plaque will be dedicated to his memory on December 4. Trees will also be planted near the spot where Creato’s body was found.

    “This will be a lasting memorial to young Brendan here in Cooper River Park,” said Freeholder Jeffrey Nash. “Visitors to the park can stop at this bench to reflect on this young life.”


  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Trial for dad accused of killing 3-year-old son delayed again

    A judge has once again delayed the murder trial of a New Jersey father accused of killing his 3-year-old son because he allegedly was an impediment to his relationship with a teenage girlfriend.

    David Creato Jr.'s trial was scheduled to start Monday. But it was rescheduled for April 10 after Creato's attorney said a pathologist he consulted with hasn't completed his report.

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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Memorial to Brendan Creato removed ahead of father's trial

    A memorial to a 3-year-old found dead in a wooded park in New Jersey was removed over the weekend ahead of his father's murder trial set to begin this week.

    The shrine on a tree that included images of Brendan Creato and stuffed animals, candles, ribbons and a small Christmas stocking was removed over the weekend before a jury is chosen starting Tuesday in David Creato Jr.'s trial, the Courier-Post reported.

    The jury is expected to visit the park where the boy's body was found in a stream. Creato's attorney expressed concern over the possible impact of the memorial on the jury.

    Judge John Kelley has given tentative approval for the walk through the park, pending a final review of logistics.

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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Mom recorded dad accused of murder giving 'odd, unexplainable' reason for boy's death

    The last time Samantha Denoto saw her son Brendan, 3, she handed his father, David "D.J." Creato Jr., a money order to put in the boy's backpack to pay for preschool the next day.

    She testified in Camden County Superior Court Thursday that she said goodbye to her son, who was staying at his dad's that night, and went to get pizza with her boyfriend.

    But Brendan Creato never went to preschool the next day. He never put on the clothes that had been set out for his first day back after Columbus Day weekend in 2015.

    He was instead found dead in Cooper River Park, about three-quarters of a mile from his father's apartment.

    During that talk, she said, Creato repeated what he had said before about Brendan's disappearance: That the door was locked, he put his son to sleep on the couch in the living room and went to bed himself, only to find in the morning that the door was unlocked and Brendan was gone.

    But towards the end of the conversation, when they talked about what else might have happened, he surprised her.

    "He told me that maybe the spirits told him to walk down to the woods, which is," she paused and searched for the words, "completely odd and unexplainable. It's not logical."

    She said Creato told her that the place where Brendan's body was found was a "sacred, spiritual spot."

    It was a "very unusual" statement, she testified, but Creato had during their seven year relationship occasionally made statements about "feeling" and seeing spirits.

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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Medical examiner at dad's murder trial defends cause of death ruling for toddler

    The medical examiner who performed the first of three autopsies on 3-year-old Brendan Creato testified Wednesday that the boy's body had no fresh signs of trauma but several signs of oxygen deprivation.

    Dr. Gerald "Buck" Feigin and two other medical examiners who examined the body were unable to say exactly what killed Brendan. They did conclude, however, that he died of "homicidal violence of undetermined etiology."

    On the stand Wednesday during the sixth day of Creato's trial, Feigin testified that the cause of death could have been drowning, asphyxiation and blunt-force trauma to the neck, possibly including strangulation.

    He noted in his autopsy report that because Brendan's socks were clean it is clear he "had not gone there of his own power" and was put there.

    No trauma was visible on his body, he said, other than a pair of bruises on the boy's chest near his clavicle.

    Creato's attorney, Richard J. Fuschino Jr., pulled no punches in his cross-examination of Feigin.

    In the past, he and several other forensic scientists have questioned why Feigin did not go to the crime scene himself and take control of the collection of evidence.

    Fuschino made sure to point out that Feigin's medical investigators -- which he trusted to go to the scene in his place -- have recently taken heat for leaving a severed hand behind at a fatal accident scene for the family to discover two days later.

    Fuschino also pointed out that Feigin's cause of death conclusion was a "determination of exclusion" and based largely on the circumstances of how Brendan's body was found, rather than findings during the autopsy.

    The medical examiner said he never swabbed to see if there was evidence of a sexual assault because he saw no physical signs of an assault. He said he didn't look for DNA on the boy, including under his fingernails, and ran a limited toxicology test instead of one described as comprehensive.

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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Autopsies, Texts Between Lovers Discussed In Day 8 Of Creato Trial

    The stormy relationship between murder defendant David Creato and his girlfriend was played out to a jury through text messages the pair exchanged before Creato’s son, Brendan, was found dead in Cooper River Park more than a year and a half ago.

    In one conversation she challenged him on who was most important.

    “He’s your number one priority right?” Stensky asked DJ.

    “And you too,” replied DJ.

    “You can’t have both it doesn’t work like that” said Stenksy.

    “Yea you can both be in my life but you can’t make me choose,” replied Creato.

    Creato repeatedly told Stensky he would never cut his son out of his life, but the week before Brendan died DJ said he violently threw up because Stensky was seriously considering breaking up.

    Prosecutors point to the following exchange as evidence Creato was willing to do anything, even kill his son, to keep Stensky.

    “Yes we can all get what we want,” said Creato.

    “Ok well I want you not to have a kid in your life. Do I get that? Or no?” asked Stensky.

    “U can always get what you want in the future not past,” replied Creato.

    Earlier today, New Jersey Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Falzon talked about the third and final autopsy he performed on the boy.

    Falzon said he found a bite mark inside the child’s mouth, something the other two examinations missed.

    Proceedings will resume next week, given a schedule issued by Judge John Kelley at the beginning of this trial.

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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Did toddler walk to where he was found dead? Here's the route (VIDEO)

    Jurors have seen and heard a lot of evidence in the eight days of the murder trial of David "D.J." Creato Jr., 23, who is accused of killing his 3-year-old son, Brendan.

    But it seems like few pieces of evidence will be more important than the boy's clean, grey and green socks, held up by a detective on the witness stand May 3. Assistant Prosecutor Christine Shah told jurors that since the boy wasn't wearing shoes, there's no way he could have clean socks if he walked the route from his father's home at 103 Cooper Street to the creek in Cooper River Park where he was found Oct. 13, 2015.

    When Creato called 911 to report his son was missing when he woke up, Creato said he locked his door and that his son might have opened it and walked out. Hours later his body was found near the creek.

    VIDEO AT LINK - http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2017/05/did_toddler_walk_to_where_he_was_found_dead_heres.html
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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Confident that Creato will be acquitted in 3-year-old son's murder, defense presents case in 20 minutes

    The attorney for David “D.J.” Creato Jr. asked a judge to dismiss the murder charge against his client Wednesday, saying the prosecution had presented no evidence linking Creato to his 3-year-old son’s death in 2015 in Haddon Township.

    “They have put on no evidence to say that Brendan Creato was killed, or that D.J. Creato was the person who killed him,” Richard J. Fuschino Jr. said.

    Judge John T. Kelley denied Fuschino’s request, saying prosecutors had showed motive and enough evidence for jurors to decide whether Creato is guilty.

    Closing statements and jury deliberation are scheduled for next week.

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