Friday, April 11, 2014

Bulletin: Quentin Louis: Momentous decision. He is freed after 8 years in prison for baby's death on resentencing following a new guilty plea. An appeal court had granted his request for a new trial on the basis that the jury had not heard medical evidence that challenged shaken baby syndrome. The Wausau Daily Herald.

STORY: Athens man set free after 8 years in prison for baby's death," by reporter Shereen Siewert, published by The Wausau Daily Herald on April 10, 2014.

SUB-HEADING:  "Judge again finds him guilty in reopened case, but gives credit for time served."

PHOTO CAPTION:  "Quentin Louis receives his sentencing: On March 18, 2005, then-23-year-old Louis was home with his 4-month-old daughter, Madelyn, when she became limp and stopped breathing, according to court documents. She died three days later. Madelyn's death was diagnosed as shaken-baby syndrome."

GIST:  "Nearly eight years after he was convicted on homicide charges in connection with his infant daughter’s death, an Athens man is free after persuading a judge to reopen his case. But he has not been declared innocent. Quentin Louis, 32, appeared Thursday in Marathon County Circuit Court, where he was found guilty on reckless homicide charges — for the second time — and sentenced to time he’s already served. Louis will spend 10 years on extended supervision and is not allowed any unsupervised contact with children younger than 18, according to court records. Louis was set to begin a new trial Feb. 3 but instead entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors.........On Thursday, the charge was amended to second-degree reckless homicide as part of the plea agreement.........In August 2009, then-Marathon County Circuit Judge Vincent Howard granted Louis' request for a new trial because the jury did not hear medical evidence that challenged shaken-baby syndrome. A Wisconsin appeals court in March 2011 upheld Howard's decision. The cause of symptoms associated with shaken-baby syndrome has been disputed in recent years, and several high-profile cases in Wisconsin have been challenged in court. Robert Huntington, a forensic pathologist who testified for the prosecution at Louis' trial, changed his opinion on the cause of Madelyn's injuries. Huntington testified at a March 2009 hearing on Louis' request for a new trial that shaking alone could not have caused Madelyn's severe brain injury and her head must have hit something. In its written opinion, the appeals court also found the jury did not hear testimony that Madelyn might not have immediately showed symptoms of her injury and jurors were told inaccurate information about her spinal injury. The description of the injuries were key in the diagnosis of shaken-baby syndrome, the court wrote."

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