Asked about the van, White said ‘‘obviously it gave meat to the bones of the defense case.’’
White also said the defense did not put Morton’s 3-year-old son on the stand because the jury might have been offended about using a boy to try and clear his father of murder.
But the child’s account was confirmed by Christine Morton’s mother, who told Wood 11 days after the killing that the boy told her a ‘‘monster’’ not his father was responsible for the killing.
Her comments were especially valuable because the victim’s mother had no motive to lie — unlike a small boy who could have been coached by his father. Also never turned over to the defense, White said, were several pages of transcripts where Wood tried to convince Christine Morton’s mother that her grandson was mistaken.