Trial resumes in kids' forced Grand Canyon hikes

Trial resumes in kids' forced Grand Canyon hikes

Trial resumes in kids' forced Grand Canyon hikes

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Associated Press

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 8:03 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — The trial of an Indiana man accused of forcing his grandsons on two grueling hikes in the Grand Canyon in August is set to continue Tuesday with testimony from park rangers and others who saw the group during their treks.

The testimony could wrap up Tuesday or Wednesday and will be followed by closing arguments from the prosecution and defense.

Christopher Alan Carlson, 45, of Indianapolis faces life in prison if convicted of any one of the six felony child abuse counts against him. He has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors have alleged that Carlson deprived his three grandsons of food and water, and pushed, choked and repeatedly kicked them during hikes on Aug. 15 and Aug. 28.

The boys were 8, 9 and 12 at the time.

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