A Lincoln County jury has found Joseph Patterson guilty on all counts for the 2013 murder of 2-year-old Tyrese Ruffin.
Ruffin was the son of Patterson’s girlfriend and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Jurors deliberated for almost 6 hours Tuesday (9.29.2015), following two weeks of testimony.
Patterson has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and other charges.
Patterson’s defense argued that Tyrese choked on a fruit snack. A doctor who testified for the defense said autopsy photos indicate injuries consistent with a child being given CPR after choking.
Prosecutors argued Patterson assaulted Tyrese while they were alone in an apartment.
Patterson faces a mandatory life prison sentence.