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Donnelly seeks to use photos in murder case

La Salle County State's Attorney Karen Donnelly wants to "discredit" the story given police in a Marseilles murder case.

Jeffrey L. Price, 30, is charged with shaking and hitting a 9-day-old baby June 19, which caused the child's death three days later. He has been in the county jail since.

Donnelly noted in court papers Thursday she wants to show jurors four autopsy photographs of the child. The purpose is to "debunk and discredit the account of this incident as previously provided to paramedics and law enforcement," Donnelly said.

Chief Judge H. Chris Ryan Jr., who is presiding over the case, will decide whether Donnelly can use the photos, given the defense could say the photos would inflame jurors against Price.

Earlier in the week, the prosecution also informed Price's attorney it might have the brother of the baby's mother testify to having overheard Price in a "heated" phone argument with another man around the time the baby was injured.

On Friday, Ryan granted a request from Price's attorney for an expert  to evaluate Price's mental condition.

The next hearing is Friday, Feb. 23.

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