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Death row inmate files motion in Adams County Circuit Court seeking a new trial


NATCHEZ, Mississippi — Death row inmate Jeffrey Havard has filed a motion in Adams County Circuit Court to seek a new trial.

In April, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Havard could file a motion for a new trial on the limited and now-disputed issue of Shaken Baby Syndrome. An Adams County judge will determine if Havard's argument has 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.

The Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1DcXUDC ) that Havard challenges his conviction on grounds that Shaken Baby Syndrome is no longer supported by scientific and medical communities.

Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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