By David Madden and Cleve Bryan
CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — The stormy relationship between murder defendant David Creato and his girlfriend was played out to a jury through text messages the pair exchanged before Creato’s son, Brendan, was found dead in Cooper River Park more than a year and a half ago.
Prosecutors believe Creato killed his son to save his relationship with Julia Stensky. She didn’t like leaving her college in New York City to be with Creato in Haddon Township on weekends he had Brendan.
In one conversation she challenged him on who was most important.
“He’s your number one priority right?” Stensky asked DJ.
“And you too,” replied DJ.
“You can’t have both it doesn’t work like that” said Stenksy.
“Yea you can both be in my life but you can’t make me choose,” replied Creato.
Creato repeatedly told Stensky he would never cut his son out of his life, but the week before Brendan died DJ said he violently threw up because Stensky was seriously considering breaking up.
Prosecutors point to the following exchange as evidence Creato was willing to do anything, even kill his son, to keep Stensky.
“Yes we can all get what we want,” said Creato.
“Ok well I want you not to have a kid in your life. Do I get that? Or no?” asked Stensky.
“U can always get what you want in the future not past,” replied Creato.
The pair agree to see each other the weekend before Brendan died.
Earlier today, New Jersey Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Falzon talked about the third and final autopsy he performed on the boy.
Falzon said he found a bite mark inside the child’s mouth, something the other two examinations missed.
He also originally found the cause of death as “undetermined.”
But in a report submitted to prosecutors the day before this trial started, Falzon altered his finding to concur with the other two doctors, that Brendan’s death was a homicide. There was no clear indication as to how he died, Falzon added.
When pressed by the defense to explain his change of heart, Falzon said after reviewing seven police reports, he had a problem explaining how the boy’s body wound up in a creek in Cooper River Park, since it was clear the boy could not have gotten there on his own.
Proceedings will resume next week, given a schedule issued by Judge John Kelley at the beginning of this trial.