The man accused of killing a two-year-old child has entered his plea and is now getting set for a jury trial.
Based on the arguments made in court Monday afternoon, the State and the Defense have two very different accounts of what happened inside a south Sioux Falls apartment complex that led to the death of two-year-old Tyrese Ruffin, and neither side plans on giving any ground.
Joseph Patterson entered the Lincoln County Courthouse set to challenge every charge put against him.
Patterson, accused of killing Ruffin on October 9, pleaded not guilty to the charges of 2nd degree murder, 1st degree manslaughter, aggravated battery of an infant and abuse and cruelty to a minor.
Patterson's attorney is Tim Rensch from Rapid City. In court, Rensch made it clear that Patterson has every intention of fighting these charges and proving that he is not at fault for what happened to the young child.
Patterson's attorney appealed to the court, hoping to reduce the bond in this case, saying the evidence connected to Patterson is much too circumstantial to be connected with the abuse of a child.
Rensch argued that the bond should be reduced to $100,000, saying that the evidence points more to the child choking on a gummy bear, which he says the investigators on the scene agree with. Rensch says that the State plans to make this a "shaken baby" case with no evidence to prove it.
Lincoln County State's Attorney Tom Wollman argued that Patterson is a danger to the community based on the child's autopsy. He says that the examiner found four impact areas on the child's head, which led to bleeding in the brain. According to Wollman, the examiner ruled that the injuries were fresh with clear evidence of blunt-force trauma.
Monday, the judge reduced bond from $1 million to $750,000, and a pre-trial hearing is set for January 13.