The trial began on Wednesday for Andrew Terry, the man accused of concealing the body of 3-month-old Arieanna Day.
Day was reported missing on September 11, 2018. Jurors heard from a number of witnesses, including Arieanna’s godmother who became emotional as she testified that she spent the afternoon with the 3-month-old and her mother that day. She never saw the girl again.
Jurors also heard from a number of law enforcement officers. An hour-long video was played for jurors in which Terry said that he believed Jessica Day, the mother of Arieanna, beat the girl.
Court testimony revealed that the pair had an on-off relationship since they were about 14 years old. On the day in question, the pair reportedly had sex on Terry’s afternoon lunch break from work. But as the day went on, they began arguing about custody of Arieanna. In the video, Terry says that night he met Jessica Day at her home and she threw Arieanna at him, telling him to take the girl. Terry says he observed a cut and swelling on Arieanna’s face, but told investigators that he didn’t take her to a hospital because he was scared.
Instead, Terry told investigators he placed Arieanna in his car and began driving towards Montgomery County. Along the way, Arieanna stopped breathing and Terry said that he buried her in a shallow grave near railroad tracks.
Body camera footage was also played for jurors showing Terry taking the officers to where he reportedly buried the body. But nothing was ever found.
In her opening statement, Terry’s defense attorney, Angi Simpkins, said that the evidence did not support Terry’s confession. The ground in that area did not appear to be disturbed and court testimony revealed that no footprints were found. Arieanna’s body has still not been recovered.
The trial is expected to conclude on Thursday.