Documents: Ebron defense wants 5-year-old as witness, state objects

Documents: State trying to block witness in Ebron case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — New documents released in the case against Ruben Ebron, the principal suspect in the disappearance of toddler Lonzie Barton, filed last Wednesday show his defense would like to use a 5-year-old girl as a witness, but the state would like her stricken from the hearing.

It has been confirmed that there was a 5-year-old girl with Lonzie and Ebron when the toddler was reported missing. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has since said that they've questioned the child and believe her to version of what happened unreliable.

The document filed by the state alleges a 5-year-old girl was traumatized and that anymore questioning would further traumatize her.

The state also argues that the child has nightmares and that she's given "five or six" different versions of events, making her testimony unusable in the case.

The court is asked to either strike the witness or hold a competency hearing for her.

Read more on the case against Ebron:

Real the full court filing below:

[State of Florida]


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