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Final Testimonies Given in Chrzan Trial, Attorneys Giving Closing Statements Friday

Posted: Friday, May 18th, 2018 at 6:26 am
Author: KCII News - Sam McIntosh

Defendant Ambrashia Chrzan testified on May 17. Photo by Sam McIntosh.

Final witness testimonies were given Thursday in the trial of Ambrashia Chrzan, who’s pled not guilty to child endangerment resulting in the death of her 17-month-old daughter Avery McCoy.

Seven witnesses testified, as well as defendant Chrzan. Ryan Kedley, special agent with Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation testified that during an interview he had with Chrzan on July 5, 2017, Chrzan claimed that Avery missed an appointment with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Pediatrics Department on October 11, 2016 because both her and Avery’s father Anthony McCoy worked that day. Obtained work records showed that neither of them worked on October 11, about a month before Avery’s death. While on the witness stand Chrzan told Assistant Attorney General Douglas Hammerand, “When I was asked questions by Agent Kedley and Chad Ellis I didn’t even know what to say. I was very uncomfortable, I was in an extremely tiny room, I felt like I was hovered in there with them. Kedley was getting loud and raising his voice at me. I just gave them any answer I could to get out of there.”

Testimony showed that Avery’s case with the Department of Human Services was closed on October 4, 2016, and was contingent on the scheduling of the October pediatrics appointment, which Avery did not attend. Defense Attorney Jeffrey Powell motioned for an acquittal, which was denied. The state and defense attorneys will be giving closing statements Friday, followed by jury deliberation. Listen to KCII for updates.