Jury Deliberations Underway In Hodnett Murder Trial

Updated reporting: Jury Finds Man Not Guilty In Death Of 16-Month-Old Girl

MAYVILLE – Jury deliberations are underway in the trial of a man accused of murdering a 16-month-old in April 2014.

Public Defender Ned Barone, who is representing Tyler Perez, rested his case Monday. Both Barone and Assistant District Attorney Michael Flaherty then gave their closing arguments.

Barone did not call any witnesses to the stand.

Perez was indicted by a Grand Jury in March on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in the death of 16-month-old Nayla Hodnett.

Hodnett’s mother, Angel testified that her infant seemed “her regular self” just before she took a 10-15 minute walk to the store. Prosecutors argue that Perez allegedly committed the crime while Hodnett was on her walk.

The mother later discovered that Nayla threw up in her bed and assumed that she had the flu because one of her brothers had the flu around the time of her death.

Angel Hodnett further explained that she, along with other family members, brought Nayla to WCA Hospital before she was taken to Buffalo Children’s Hospital where she later died.

For full trial coverage visit WNYNewsNow.com/category/courts/hodnettmurdertrial.

WNYNewsNow’s Matt Hummel contributed to this report.


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