July 11, 2008
Posted: 01:56 PM ET
TAMPA, Florida–I'm here in Tampa, Florida getting ready for our new live trial live, beginning early next week. It is the tragic case of 13-year-old Stephen Tomlinson, who was found beaten and strangled to death in a park close to his home.
His neighbor and then 19-year-old youth pastor, Joshua Rosa, has been charged with first-degree murder and is facing life in prison.
I sat down with Stephen's father, Ron Tomlinson, as he told me how he jumped into his car, drove to the park and found little Stephen dead with his shorts pulled down, just a few blocks from his home in December 2005.
The horror, shock and trauma that Tomlinson says he continues to live day in and day out now culminates with a trial of the person Tomlinson trusted with his son.
According to the defense, Rosa would be the last person anyone would suspect of committing murder. Witnesses say they saw Rosa running from the park, but Rosa says he discovered his young friend's lifeless body and was only trying to get help.
This circumstantial case will likely hinge on witness testimony and forensics. Stay tuned to In Session for all the latest developments.
–Jean Casarez, In Session correspondent
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