|Christy Weatherford Cole (mug shot OCSO)
A woman from Reeds Spring is on trail this week for murder for the second time in connection to the 2003 death of her three year-old son in Ozark County.
Christy Weatherford Cole was convicted of second-degree murder by a jury in Greene County in 2006 for the beating death of her son William. However, that conviction was overturned in 2008 when the state appellate court ruled that the jury had not been advised that Cole could have found guilty of a "lesser included offense" of child endangerment.
William Weatherford died several days after being placed on life support after he was thrown across the living room and into a coffee table by Cole's live-in boyfriend, Edward "Mike" Griffin for wanting a drink of pop before eating his dinner.
|Edward "Mike" Griffin (mug shot DOC)
Griffin, the former city marshal (police chief) in the Village of Theodosia, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder as his trial was set to begin in May of 2008. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison where he died of natural causes on January 15, 2010, according to Ozark County Prosecutor Tom Cline.
The two other children who were living in the home at the time are now living with the father and stepmother in Maine.
Cline says he expects the bench trial to wrap up tomorrow in Wright County where the case was moved on a change of venue.