SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — After a little more than a week, both sides have rested their case in the trial for Stevie Dwayne Williams, the Kyle father who allegedly murdered his 2-year-old-son, Mason. It’s now up to a jury to decide if he’s guilty of capital murder.
During closing arguments Wednesday afternoon, the defense argued the state hadn’t proven without a reasonable doubt that it was actually Stevie, and not Stevie’s wife, who was responsible for the boy’s murder. Dazrine Ruth Chagoya-Williams, is also facing capital murder charges. Her trial is scheduled for the end of this year.
The state argued the evidence was overwhelming that both Stevie and Dazrine are responsible for the 2-year-old’s death.
Over the last week, jurors have heard from family members of both Dazrine and Stevie, child protective services, first responders, a forensic pathologist, a pediatrician, detectives and the adopted dad for the couple’s youngest daughter, among other witnesses.
Evidence brought forward by the state included photos and videos from police of both the scene where Mason was found dead and their interviews with Stevie and his wife following, photos and videos pulled off of the couple’s phones and x-rays and photos taken of the injuries to both Mason and his younger sister.
Timeline of events
Mason was born in October 2016 to Dazrine and Stevie. Only a few months later, in January 2017, Mason’s parents brought him to Dell Children’s Hospital because of burns the parents reportedly told doctors were accidentally caused during a bath. During his examination at the hospital, Mason was found to have fractures; one in his wrist and 13 in his ribs.
Those injuries were the reason Child Protective Services (CPS) opted to remove Mason from his parents in late January 2017, but after Stevie and Dazrine completed the steps necessary to be reunited with Mason, they were again given custody roughly a year later.
CPS previously testified they stopped monitoring the family in March 2018. On July 4, 2018, Mason was found dead.
During Tuesday’s testimony, a pediatrician from Dell Children’s talked about her evaluation of Mason’s younger sister, also named Dazrine, after she was brought to the hospital by CPS the day after Mason’s death. She was eight months old at the time.
Baby Dazrine also had injuries. She had a large skull fracture, 22 rib fractures, among other internal and external injuries.
On Wednesday, before resting its case, the state brought forward a detective from the Kyle Police Department for a second time. That detective had pulled phone records, search records and photos and videos off of both Stevie and Dazrine’s phones during his investigation in 2018.
In the photos and videos shown to the jury, injuries can be seen in the months leading up to Mason’s death.
The defense did not bring additional witnesses or evidence forward before resting its case. Stevie did not testify.
Here is a list of KXAN’s previous coverage of this trial:
- Tuesday, Oct. 19: Timeline of possible abuse detailed in trial of Kyle dad charged with 2-year-old’s murder
- Monday, Oct. 18: ‘Who killed Mason?” Trial of Kyle dad accused in 2-year-old’s murder resumes
- Friday, Oct. 15: ‘Demons, evil’: Witness testimony for prosecution continues Monday for Kyle parent accused of killing young son
- Thursday, Oct. 14: Family members testify in trial for parent charged with killing young son, blaming ‘demons’
- Wednesday, Oct. 13: 911 call played in trial for Kyle man accused of killing 2-year-old son, blamed ‘demons’
KXAN digital reporter Grace Reader is in the courtroom and will provide live updates of the proceedings in the Twitter thread below: