Capley manslaughter trial ready for closing arguments in Lauderdale County

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FLORENCE, ALA. - Day two of testimony ended with the state and defense both resting their cases in the manslaughter trial of Robert Capley in Lauderdale County.

Wednesday ended with defendant taking the stand in his own defense.

Mid-afternoon Capley described the events which lead up to the point of 2-year-old Addison Whitaker's death.

Capley stated under-oath, Addy’s aunt Whitney Whitaker took the car seat out of his vehicle before leaving to go to a family member’s home.

He said the two-year-old was sitting in Whitney’s lap while they drove down County Road 7.

While returning home from the outing, and Addy still sitting in her aunt’s lap, his car left the roadway and flipped. When he came-to Addy was pinned down by the car.

Before Capley’s testimony, Whitney Whitaker took the stand for the defense. Whitaker said she took the car seat out because the toddler didn't want to be in it.

In regards to Addy not being in a car seat and the crash, Whitney said "You don't think things like that happen."

Troopers stated during the trial that Capley was traveling around 51 miles per hour when it left the roadway and crashed.

Closing arguments are set to take place Thursday morning in Judge Mike Jones court, followed then by jury deliberations.

Stay with WHNT News 19 for the latest developments in the Robert Capley manslaughter trial.