DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The former pastor on trial for the death of his 2-year-old foster son has been found guilty.
The reading of the verdict was emotional for both sides in the courtroom as 38-year-old Torace Weaver was found guilty on all 8 counts, including murder, felonious assault and, endangering children in the death of his 2-year-old foster son Stanley Thomas.
“We the jury upon the issues joined in this case,” the judge said. “Find the defendant Torace Weaver guilty of murder as charged in the indictment.”
Moments later, 38-year-old Torace Weaver–now a convicted killer–was seen wiping away tears as he hears his fate–guilty on all 8 counts in the death of 2-year-old Stanley Thomas.
“We’re very, very pleased with the outcome of this case,” Montgomery County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney said. “This case represents one of the saddest events we can have in our community. A young foster child killed at the hands of his foster father.”
Weaver was Stanley’s foster father at the time of his death and a pastor at King of Glory Ministries Church in Dayton. His lawyers argued the toddler’s death was an accident, but the jury didn’t see it that way. Part of the state’s evidence included testimony from the doctor who performed Stanley’s autopsy and ruled the death a homicide.
Carl Norton–is the superintendent of the Dayton District of Churches in which Weaver’s former church was affiliated with. He says upset with the decision.
“I’m disappointed with the decision,” Norton said. “And my thoughts and prayers are with the family and we just hope they can recover from this.”
The state says this verdict means justice Stanley Thomas.
“We’re very thankful for the investigation done by the Dayton Police Department,” Amos said. “To bring this evidence to light and so that Stanley Thomas can have some justice for his death.”
“Three people know what happen,” Norton said. “The little boy can’t speak for himself. Pastor Torace Weaver has given his explanation. And then there’s all mighty god who knows what has happened. So we will leave it up to God.”