Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bulletin: Adrian Thomas; New York State; Not guilty; Troy Record reports that he has been found not guilty in son's death;

STORY: "Adrian Thomas found not guilty in son's death - update," by reporter Mollie Eadie, published by the Troy Record on June 12, 2014.

GIST: "Editor’s Note: A Rensselaer County Court jury has found Adrian Thomas not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his four-month-old son. Check back for updates on this ruling."

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See related Times Union story: Jurors deliberated for about seven hours over two days before acquitting Thomas just after 3 p.m. Thomas looked surprised but remained composed as the not guilty verdict on one count of second-degree murder was read........Prosecutors had argued Thomas threw his 4-month-old son, Matthew Dante Thomas, down on a bed in frustration, causing trauma and death on Sept. 23, 2008........."He's stunned," said Thomas' attorney Stephen Coffey. "After six years he's getting to go home a free man. This verdict is clearly the right thing." Coffey used testimony from outside medical experts to argue the baby died of a serious bacterial infection and not at the hands of his father. Thomas was convicted in 2009 of second-degree murder in the boy's death, but the state Court of Appeals ordered a new trial. The justices cited heavy-handed tactics used by investigators, who interrogated Thomas for almost nine hours before he demonstrated how he threw the child."

See related "On SBS" post: "The retrial of convicted father Adrian Thomas produced a not guilty verdict today, a decision reached by jurors who did not learn about the 9-hour interrogation examined in the award-winning 2012 film Scenes of a Crime or hear testimony from the detectives who conducted it. Thomas’s initial conviction in 2010 for the presumed shaking death of his 4-month-old son was overturned in February, when an appeals court determined that the interrogators’ heavy-handed tactics made the resulting confession inadmissible."


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