The defense attorney for a Greenbrier man accused of killing his 3-month-old stepson has asked a Faulkner County judge to reschedule a jury trial that was scheduled to begin Wednesday.
Zachary Atwood, 30, is charged with first-degree murder, a Class Y felony, in connection to 3-month-old Mitchell Goss' death. A three-day jury trial was scheduled to begin Wednesday.
Defense Attorney Danny Rasmussen filed a motion for continuance in the matter on Thursday, citing that he "is medically unable to proceed with trial at this time."
The Log Cabin Democrat called Rasmussen's office on Monday for further comment; however, he did not return the call by press time.
"The Defendant prays that his Motion for Continuance be granted, and for all other just and proper relief he is entitled," Rasmussen wrote in his motion to Circuit Judge Charles "Ed" Clawson Jr.
Atwood is currently being held in the county jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. He was arrested after he admitted in a June 2, 2016, interview to putting Mitchell in an infant bed after allegedly sitting on him, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Following Mitchell’s autopsy, the medical examiner said it was “unlikely” the infant’s injuries were sustained from someone sitting on his head.
Autopsy reports showed the infant “suffered bilateral skill fractures and bleeding on the brain into the scalp and around the brain.”
The report also stated the infant would have been “inconsolable until he became unconscious” given the extent of his injuries.
No ruling had been made regarding the defense's request by press time Monday.