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Lamb, of Pleasant Plain, said he knew nothing about the case until he was called for jury duty and had to put everything in his life on hold for the past two weeks.
He said the prosecutors didn’t have evidence that the baby was born alive. Lamb also believes prosecutors “severely overcharged” Richardson.
Lamb also feels investigators misled Scott Richardson, Richardson’s father, about the need for a second interview to answer a couple of questions. That interview lasted for a few hours.
“You can’t prosecute someone on your own opinion,” Lamb said. “You have to have the facts. It would have been different if (prosecutors presented) better evidence.”
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He said a pathologist from Indiana who testified in Richardson’s defense “did an awesome job.”
“She is one of a hundred people with that level of education in the world,” he said. “She had instant credibility.”
During the deliberations, Lamb said the “whole jury set their emotions aside and went strictly by the law.”
“We didn’t deliberate long on the (aggravated) murder charge, and we could not convict on (some of) the other charges because it was not a live birth,” he said.
Lamb still believes Richardson’s baby was a stillborn. He said if it was a natural birth, once the baby takes its first breath, it cries and screams.
“On the abuse of a corpse charge, we deliberated for a couple of hours and sent a question to the judge,” Lamb said.
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The jury asked Oda if it is against the law to bury a baby. Oda advised the jury they had sufficient information in their instructions. Lamb said they convicted Richardson on the fifth-degree felony abuse of corpse charge because there are only certain people by law who have authority to deal with a corpse.
During the sentencing hearing, it became known that Richardson weighed 89 pounds.
“When I first saw Skylar in the courtroom, I thought, ‘How could she have a baby because she’s so small?’” he said.
After the sentencing, Lamb said he was happy for the Richardson family. He said he was saddened at first for what the family had gone through.
“(Friday) was positive and upbeat for this kid, who is finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel,” Lamb said.
He also said he was happy that the remains of the baby, whom Richardson named Annabelle, will stay with the Richardson family.
“They have made arrangements to bury the remains. I’m glad the judge leaned that way,” Lamb said.
David Fornshell talked to the media reacting to Brooke Skylar Richardson's verdict.