Trial in Duluth boy’s death set for July – Duluth News Tribune

DULUTH – A summer trial date has been set for the Lakeside man accused of fatally assaulting his then-fiancee’s 3-year-old son in September 2020.

Jordan William Carter, 31, will face a jury at a two-week trial beginning July 12 in State District Court in Duluth. He is charged with unintentional second-degree murder in the death of Cameron Joseph Gordon.

FILE: Cameron Joseph Gordon

Cameron Joseph Gordon

Judge Theresa Neo will preside over the trial, which comes after a Feb. 28 date had to be pulled from the calendar due to a medical examiner’s failure to provide necessary autopsy materials to a defense expert for review.

The autopsy information is likely to be central to the case. Carter allegedly claimed that Cameron was injured in an accidental fall, but authorities say the boy suffered serious blunt-force injuries that were inconsistent with the defendant’s account.

Court documents state that Carter told police Cameron fell down the stairs in the family’s home on the 4800 block of East Colorado Street on Sept. 3, 2020. He said the boy was “back to his normal routine” by Sept. 4, until he found the child unresponsive that afternoon. But authorities noted that he had also texted the boy’s mother at one point to say: “You gave birth to satan.”

Cameron was taken to a Duluth hospital, where doctors suspected child abuse, before he was flown to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis and removed from life support on Sept. 6. Medical professionals determined he had brain hemorrhaging and a number of bruises and internal injuries that were “not consistent with a stairway fall.”

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Cameron’s death a homicide by blunt-force trauma to the head and neck.

The defense has obtained court approval and funding to hire an expert, Dr. Erik Christensen, to review the medical reports. Christensen, of Salt Lake City, is the chief medical examiner for the Utah Department of Health, directs a forensic laboratory and teaches at a medical school.

Carter, who remains free on bond, is represented by defense attorney Eric Olson, of Bloomington, Minnesota. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Vicky Wanta.

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