HILLSBORO, Ore. -- The prosecution rested its case on Tuesday against Jessica Dutro, the mother accused of killing her 4-year-old son because he was gay.
Prosecutors say Dutro abused, tortured and ultimately killed Zachary in August 2012 while living with her boyfriend, Brian Canady, and three other kids at a shelter in Tigard.
She is facing murder charges in Washington County.
Court documents show a string of Facebook messages where investigators believe Dutro wrote her boyfriend how Zachary "walks and talks" in a homosexual way.
Before resting its case, the prosecution called a witness who described what Dutro's other children told him.
James Gurule, who counseled Dutro's daughter, told the jury that this is what she said in an interview: "They would punch me and slap me. They beat my brother up. Then he died. I seen them."