Miss. Supreme Court allows death row inmate Havard to pursue new trial


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JACKSON, Mississippi — The Mississippi Supreme Court is allowing death row inmate Jeffrey Havard to go back to Adams County Circuit Court to argue for a new trial.

The Supreme Court's order released Thursday limits Havard's new arguments to the now-disputed issue of Shaken Baby Syndrome. An Adams County judge will determine if Havard's arguments have any validity.

Havard was convicted in 2002 of capital murder and sentenced to death in Adams County for killing a 6-month-old Chloe Madison Britt of Ferriday, Louisiana, the daughter of his girlfriend. Prosecutors say the infant's injuries were consistent with shaken baby syndrome. Havard said the girl had fallen.

For decades, Shaken Baby Syndrome was widely accepted. In the years since, medical belief that these symptoms provided iron-clad proof of homicide has begun to crumble.

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