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Defense in Edmond missionary case claims orphans were “coached” on what to say

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EDMOND, Okla. – Testimony continues in the trial against an Edmond man accused of sexually abusing Kenyan orphans during a mission trip.

Matthew Durham has pleaded not guilty to 17 charges.

Tuesday morning, the defense called a forensic interviewer expert witness who testified that in her opinion, the orphans were “coached” on what to say in their interview with the FBI.

The defense played the video of one alleged victim who was being interviewed by the orphanage director.

The child was sitting on her lap, and the defense’s expert called that inappropriate.

On cross-examination, the forensic interviewer testified the defense is paying her $2,000 a day for her testimony and to attend the trial.

She also testified she felt there was much more testimony from the alleged victims in court than there was on their original forensic interviews.

A registered nurse also testified for the defense to challenge the physical exams performed on the children in Kenya.

She argued the exams were not properly administered, and she felt there was not enough evidence to determine whether they were sexually assaulted.

Her testimony resumes after the noon recess.

Melissa Durham, Matthew’s mother, testified Tuesday afternoon.