W.Va. man accused in baby’s death can’t recall events

RIPLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man accused of sexually assaulting and killing his girlfriend’s 10-month-old baby says he consumed several beers and could not recall what happened to the girl the night of her death.

WCHS-TV reports Benjamin Taylor testified Monday in his trial in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Asked by a prosecutor whether he denied committing the crimes, Taylor said, “I don’t know how I could deny it if I don’t remember. I wouldn’t feel comfortable denying it.”

Taylor says he recalled doing laundry and listening to music.

A sheriff’s deputy testified last week Taylor had blood on his torso and a wet spot on his pants when officers went to the home in Fairplain in October 2016.

The defense rested after Taylor’s testimony and the trial is scheduled to resume Tuesday.

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Information from: WCHS-TV, http://www.wchstv.com

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