The defense and prosecution sparred Friday in the case of a man accused of killing a 6-year-old boy in Anchorage, resulting in the judge postponing a decision on a lower bail amount.

Richard Aaron Vickery, 32, faces charges including second-degree murder in the June 2018 death of Weston Noe, who was reported choking at a Taku Drive home. Soon after Noe died, Vickery’s ex-wife sought domestic-violence protective orders against him.

On Friday, Vickery’s defense asked that his current $27,500 cash bail be reduced to $10,000 cash performance, noting that he has been living in Alaska for more than 20 years and has no prior arrests or convictions.

According to the defense Vickery, who had 50% custody of his two biological children ages 9 and 11 years old, had been watching his significant other’s child when Noe began choking on food.

Vickery tried to get the food out, his defense claimed, then called Noe’s mother who asked him to call 911. Vickery subsequently performed CPR, and Noe was taken to the hospital; he died two days later. There were different medical opinions on how Noe died, according to Vickery’s attorney, ranging from assault to choking.

The prosecution disagreed sharply with Vickery’s bail request, pointing out that two doctors told the grand jury in the case that Noe had significant injuries. That list included blunt force trauma, bruising, injuries to the brain, brain stem and throat, extensive liver damage and hemorrhages indicative of abusive trauma.

Judge Michael Wolverton, presiding over the bail hearing, stopped the prosecution during its statement. He asked that the state send Judge Catherine Easter, who is handling Vickery’s criminal case, a bail memorandum to more fully outline its views.

Vickery’s next bail hearing is set for the afternoon of Wednesday, May 15.

Daniella Rivera contributed information to this story.

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