Day One Courtroom Proceedings for Court-Martial of Christopher Perez Lasted 12 Hours

Published 10/15 2013 10:39PM

Updated 10/16 2013 08:28AM

Day one of court-martial of Christopher Perez came to an end after 12 hours of courtroom proceedings. Perez is the Dyess Airman who was living and having a relationship with Tiffany Klapheke, while her husband was deployed.

Perez was living in the home while Klapheke’s three daughters were abused and neglect, one to the point of death.

After a judge presiding over the court-martial of Perez denied the defense’s plea for a change of venue, testimony began from Abilene Police Department detectives who described what they saw when they responded to Klapheke’s house August 28, 2012.

Testimony included reviewing autopsy pictures of 22-month-old Tamryn Klapheke, and the injuries of the 6-month-old and 3-year-old while they were treated for chemical burns at Cook’s Children’s Hospital. The judge will rule Wednesday if any of the 26 pictures will be allowed to use during the court-martial.

Christopher Perez will have to decide by tomorrow if he wants a jury to hear his case, or if he wants the judge presiding over his case to find him innocent or convict him guilty. A jury is on standby if he decides he wants one. The court-martial start for Wednesday October 16 will begin at 8:30 A.M.

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