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Trial of Shawn Wesley Field resumes

Trial of Shawn Wesley Field resumes

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The emergency room doctor who treated Karla "Karly" Sheehan was shocked at what he saw.

"It was our impression that this child had been through a lot," said Dr. Robert Read, a general surgeon at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center emergency room, testifying in the trial of the man accused of beating her.

"Head to toe covered in bruises," is how Read described Karly. He thought some of the bruises were new but some were old.

"A significant amount of force had been applied," he said, "and it had been going on for awhile."

The trial of Shawn Wesley Field, accused of aggravated murder in Karly's death, resumed Monday. Circuit Court Judge Janet Holcomb, who is presiding over the case, cancelled testimony last week for personal reasons.

Deputy district attorneys Joan Demarest and David Amesbury represent the state. Corvallis attorney Clark Willes and Eugene attorney Daniel Koenig represent Field.

Karly's mother, Sarah Brill Sheehan, found her daughter with no pulse and not breathing at Field's home shortly before 2 p.m. on June 3, 2005. Field and Sheehan were romantically involved at the time.

Also on Monday, the jury heard testimony from paramedics and firefighters who tried for more than a half hour to revive the 3-year-old. According to paramedics, repeated doses of medication and efforts to restart Karly's heart were unsuccessful.

Read pronounced Karly dead about five minutes after her arrival at the emergency room.

In other testimony, often interrupted by objections by attorneys, emergency workers reported on the demeanor of Field.

"It was extraordinary for the circumstances," said paramedic Gary Thurman. "It was not sorrowful. It was a 'You've ruined my day' kind of response."

Jason Dennis, another paramedic, said he was bothered by Field's attitude.

"Mr. Field was standing in a manner," Dennis said, "chest inflated, feet not together, aggressive, in the position a schoolyard bully would take."

Sarah Sheehan, however, was distraught, crying and sometimes hysterical, others said.

Two paramedics, Stephen Bowen and Gary Thurman, said they overheard Field telling Sarah Sheehan, "Don't talk to the paramedics, and don't talk to police."

Testimony will continue today. The trial is expected to last up to six weeks.


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