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June 09, 2006 Boy Dies During Exorcism

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Aired Weekdays 3:00 PM Jun 09, 2006 on truTV
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June 09, 2006 Boy Dies During Exorcism
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The trial of WI vs. Hemphill was aired today. Pastor Ray Hemphill was brought up on charges of felony child abuse for the death of an autistic boy. Eight-year-old Terrance Cottrell Jr. died during a prayer service. Terrance's mother hoped that the church would heal his autism. Ray Hemphill, a 200-lb. man, lay on top of the boy, whom he said had demons in him causing his autism, for two hours during the exorcism. The Defense claims that an equal cause of the boy's death was the medication he was prescribed for his autistic convulsions. However a forensic toxicologist testified that the amount of the prescribed drug Geodon found in Terrance's body were well within the acceptable ranges. The Defense handling of this testimony was crucial to the substance of its case. The jury took approximately three hours in deliberation and found Ray Hemphill guilty of physical abuse. Hemphill was sentenced to 7 1/2 years, 2 1/2 years to be served in prison and 5 years on supervised release.moreless

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