WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.Y. -- Cuffed and with surrounded by security, Kevin King was escorted out of Village Court in Fort Edward Friday after a preliminary hearing where evidence was introduced in hopes of getting the case moved to Washington County District Court.
The 30-year-old Fort Edward man is accused of beating his infant son, Brett King, so badly back on August 11th, the baby died.
“We feel that some of the evidence we put in today was compelling,” said Kevin Kortright, District Attorney for Washington County.
State Police Investigator Joseph Bearor was the only witness to testify Friday, providing details about his involvement with King's questioning by police after the alleged assault on August 11th. Bearor said King initially told investigators he tripped down the stairs, sprained his ankle and fell on the baby.
Bearor said King eventually changed that story and admitted that he got upset when the baby wouldn't stop crying while he was playing video games. According to police, Kevin King was alone with Brett King while the baby’s mother ran errands.
Bearor testified that King said he lost his cool and then shook and slammed the baby on the concrete floor.
In a written statement, King is quoted as saying, "I heard a loud thunk when his head hit the floor and I knew I was in big trouble."
Later in that statement, he said, "I am deeply sorry for my actions to my son. I did not want to hurt him and I know that sorry isn't good enough."
State Police later asked King to re-enact with a doll how he shook and slammed the baby. The re-enactment was recorded and that video was played in court Friday.
Some of King's family members were at the hearing and were emotional throughout the testimony. Outside the courtroom, King’s parents said they were shocked because he was never a trouble maker.
Inside her truck, too distraught to come out, King’s mother, Elizabeth Braman, told reporters, “Never had a fight in school. Never trouble. Never in the principal's office or anything. He was a good boy. I'm not saying what he did was right, but it happened and it was my grandson and he has remorse for what he did and if he could take it back, he would. He loved that baby as much as we did.”
Brett King’s mother was not at court Friday morning. The Bramans said they've been in touch with her.
“She's mad and she's got her rights and she's not understanding all this and neither are we,” said Simeon Braman, Kevin King’s stepfather.
King underwent a psychiatric evaluation earlier this month. His defense lawyer said he understands the proceedings and will be able to stand trial.
The judge ordered King held without bail while the DA seeks a grand jury indictment. The grand jury will get the case September 5th.