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Suspect wants punishment for boy's death

BRUNSWICK - A Georgia man on trial for molesting and slaying a 6-year-old boy said ""I should be punished' after looking at photos of the boy's dead body in a videotaped police interview shown in court Thursday.

David Edenfield, 61, faces the death penalty if convicted of the March 2007 slaying of Christopher Michael Barrios, whose body was found in a trash bag dumped near a road.

On the second day of Edenfield's trial, jurors watched the second hour of a taped interview the suspect gave to a Glynn County police detective the day after Christopher's body was found.

On the tape, Edenfield says he and his wife watched their son, 34-year-old George Edenfield, strip the boy and force him to have sex on a bed in their mobile home while the child pleaded for them to stop.

""It's my fault. I should've been a grown man and stopped it right then, but I didn't,' the elder Edenfield tells detective Raymond Sarro on the tape. ""I should be punished for the crime.'

Edenfield said he pulled his pants down and rubbed himself against the boy, but denied having sex with him. He said his son started choking Christopher after the boy cried out ""I'm going tell my daddy and grandma!'

Instead of stopping his son from killing the boy, Edenfield says he placed his own hands on top of his son's while they were around Christopher's neck.

""I put my hands on his hands, but I did not squeeze,' Edenfield says on the recording. ""I just wanted to see what it would feel like, I guess.'

""What what felt like?' Sarro asked.

Edenfield replied: ""To choke somebody.'

James Yancey, one of Edenfield's lawyers, said as the trial opened Wednesday that the taped confession was influenced by the police interrogators, but stopped short of telling jurors his client was coerced.

Edenfield is the first suspect to stand trial in the slaying. His son and wife, Peggy Edenfield, have also been charged with molesting and killing the boy, then hiding his body. Because of pretrial publicity, the jury was selected from residents who live some 90 miles away, and the jurors are being sequestered in Brunswick, 60 miles south of Savannah.