COLUMBUS, Ga. (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer) — The Georgia Supreme Court has granted a new trial to a couple found guilty of murder in the death of their newborn daughter.
The justices unanimously agreed on Friday that Albert and Ashley Debelbot received ineffective legal counsel.
The Ledger-Enquirer reports that parents took their daughter McKenzy back to the hospital after discovering a lump on her head days after her birth in 2008. She then died.
An autopsy blamed blunt force trauma, but defense attorneys now say she had a brain deformation.
The justices also say the prosecution grossly misstated the law when explaining reasonable doubt to the jurors.