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Review of Evidence Challenges Conviction in Baby's Death

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 8:00pm

By Carol J. Williams

Coroner's office examiners and a pediatrician question autopsy findings in the conviction of Shirley Ree Smith as she seeks clemency for her sentence in alleged fatal shaking of grandson.

New findings by the Los Angeles County coroner's office and a prominent UCLA pediatrician "undermine and contradict" the evidence and expert testimony used to convict a woman of shaking her 7-week-old grandson to death 15 years ago, her attorneys have argued in a recent clemency petition to the governor.

A review of the evidence against Shirley Ree Smith was ordered to assist Gov. Jerry Brown as he weighs whether to commute Smith's sentence of 15 years to life. Smith has already spent 10 years in prison for the death of baby Etzel Glass at a Van Nuys apartment on Nov. 30, 1996.

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Source: Los Angeles Times

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