COMANCHE CO., Okla_ A Comanche County child abuse case against a mother
is set to go to trial following the beating death of her 10-year old son.
At Friday's preliminary
hearing for Denise Ray, her attorney argued there wasn't enough evidence to
prove Ray had ever abused her son. It was a long shot especially after she
testified just a few months ago that she had hit her son with a board the night
In June of this
year, Ray testified in a murder trail against her husband Lancey Ray, who was later
found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of the boy.
A jury found
that Lancey's brutal beating of the boy was so severe that his injuries were
what led to his death. Denise testified she too had hit her son with a wooden
board, but her attorney argued Friday that it didn't prove abuse.
showed that Denise told detectives that she had in fact broke the board over
her son behind while spanking him. The judge said that was enough to allow her
to stand trial.