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Blaz Takes the Stand in Day 3 of Trial

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While the state finished calling up witnesses, the defense started by calling up Matthew Blaz in day three of his trial in Butte on Wednesday.

Matthew Blaz sat quietly through day three of the trial, crying at times when seeing photos of his baby, Mattisyn.

Day three started with the prosecution calling up George Holland, the lead detective in the case out of Butte-Silver Bow County.

Following the detective, Walter Kemp, the lead medical examiner was called to the stand.

It was Dr. Kemp who determined Mattisyn's death to be a homicide instead of an accident.

"Whether or not there was no shaking and a strong impact against something, or whether there was shaking combined with impact, I wouldn't want to say for certain,” said Dr. Kemp. “It was definitely a strong, forceful impact."

Following Dr. Kemp, the state rested its case and the defense called up Matthew Blaz.

"Did you cause Mattisyn's injuries?" said Deirdre Caughlan, defense attorney. "No." "Do you know how she got those injuries?" "I don't."

After the defense, the state got a chance for cross examination.

Attorney Samm Cox made a timeline based on Blaz's testimony, trying to piece everything together.

"It would take a monster to beat her so bad that her neck would be ruptured," said Cox. "Yes sir." "It would take a monster to beat her so bad that her blood vessels in her eyes were popped." "Yes sir." "Nothing further your Honor."

After Blaz, the trial was put in recess for the day.

Closing arguments are expected on Thursday.

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