Defendant takes the stand in trial of beaten toddler

Defendant takes the stand in trial of beaten toddler

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on March 4, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 12:38 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --  A reserved Andre Hampton took the stand in his capitol murder trial. He's accused of beating his 23 month old son to death in November of 2008.

"I don't know what came over me," Hampton told the jury.

The 27-year-old man said the proudest day of his life was the day his son Elijah was born.

"Like a dream come true, Elijah, I was proud of him because he was a good kid," said the Defendant.

Prosecutors introduced evidence showing that Elijah may have been beaten hundreds of times with a toothbrush, hairbrush and a belt.

Last Thursday Hampton broke down and cried in front of the jury disrupting the proceedings.

(Andre Hampton at murder trial: 'I can't explain it')

While on the stand he tried to explain himself, saying it finally hit him what he had done.

Prosecutor Bill Bunting on cross examination asked, "It's been almost five years. You're telling this jury it just hit you on Thursday?"

"Yes sir," Hampton replied.

His twin brother and sister testified they routinely received beatings while growing up. The Defense is hoping that jurors will buy their argument that Hampton's upbringing caused him to over react.

Late Monday afternoon both sides rested, closing arguments are expected to begin Tuesday morning.

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