The prosecution has rested its case in the Sarah Ferguson trial.

Ferguson is facing charges in the beating death of Lucas Leonard and the assault of Christopher Leonard inside the Word of Life Church in Chadwicks last October.

The medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Lucas Leonard took the stand today in Oneida County Court

Dr. Robert Stoppacher of the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office said in his opinion, Lucas' life could have been saved if he was administered basic first aid.


The defense asked for several charges to be dropped, including second-degree murder, but Judge Michael Dwyer denied the request.

Deborah Leonard was the first defense witnesses to take the stand.  She testified she saw Bruce and Sarah hits the boys multiple times.

Deborah also said Lucas plotted a plan to kill her and Bruce Leonard.

Testimony is set to resume Friday morning.

WUTR's Sean Martinelli says one more witness is expected to be called tomorrow, likely Sarah Ferguson. He says Judge Dwyer expects closing statement to come next Tuesday.

 

WUTR's Angie Pavlovsky and Sean Martinelli contributed to this story.