Local attorney comments on Dunham trial
DEL CITY, Okla. — The fate of a Del City father charged in the deaths of his three children is now in the hands of the jury.
After four days of listening to testimony and cross-examination, the jury began deliberating just after 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Early last year, Christopher Dunham’s three children died in a RV fire.
Dunham is charged with child neglect and possessing drug paraphernalia.
A burned door, propane torch and remnants of a space heater are just some of the evidence presented to the jury.
Criminal defense attorney David Slane is not associated with the case but has watched it closely.
“This case is interesting because the defendant wasn’t home when the fire happened. I think the defense played to the fathers and the men when they stated, ‘Men don’t always know what’s going on when they are not at home,’” Slane said.
Slane believes the prosecutors created the picture of an unsafe home environment where meth was made and used.
“They tried to show that type of neglect is ultimately why the children died even though the death wasn’t intentional.”
After over four hours of deliberating the jury asked to go home for the evening.
Jurors are scheduled back in court Friday at 9 a.m.