Foster parent accused of murder could learn his fate soon

FORT PIERCE, Fla. —

Closing arguments are underway in the murder trial of a Port St. Lucie man accused of killing his 2-year-old foster child.

Prosecutors said Michael Beer beat Trysten Adams to death in 2014.

They said Beer was the only adult home at the time of the incident.

An autopsy by the St. Lucie County Medical Examiner showed Trysten suffered cuts to his liver, and internal bleeding and bruising that were consistent with blunt force trauma.

Beer has denied beating, kicking or punching Trysten that Sunday afternoon in September.

Beer's attorney, Lance Richard, believes inappropriate chest compressions that were performed by medical personnel at the hospital may have contributed to the blunt force trauma that caused the child's death.

The 12-member jury is expected to start deliberating Wednesday afternoon.

Beers is facing first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse charges.

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Jupiter hate crime suspect on trial for first-degree murder

JUPITER, Fla. - Prosecutors pulled out a metal pipe, axe and rock from evidence boxes in a Palm Beach County courtroom they say were used in a hate crime nearly three years ago in Jupiter. 

They're all part of evidence used against David Harris, charged with first-degree murder in the death of Onesimo Lopez-Ramos.

“David Harris and Austin Taggart, and David Harris' brother Jesse Harris and some other young men went prowling the streets of Jupiter, Florida in the early morning hours of April 18, 2015,” said Assistant State Attorney Jill Richstone during her opening statement at Harris’ trial Tuesday.

“Why? They were going ‘Guat hunting,' which means to rob, steal from unsuspecting, unsuspecting, weak Guatemalans,” said Richstone.

The men, while walking in the street, were invited to hang out with Lopez-Ramos and his family i…

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