The stepfather of a 13-year-old boy who killed another boy at a park said he beat the teen with a belt, testimony that was intended to reinforce an insanity defense during the murder trial.
When asked who was stabbed, the boy replied: “I don’t know, I’m fed up with life.”
The boy is charged with fatally stabbing a 9-year-old boy at a western Michigan playground last year.
Judge Defends Himself In Baby Death Case, Says Overturning Murder Conviction Will Have ‘Chilling Effect’
A Jackson County judge says a decision by the Michigan Supreme Court to throw out a murder conviction will have a “chilling effect” on judges statewide.
The state appeals court won’t upset a decision that dismissed a second-degree murder charge against Audrionna Rhoades of Shelby Township.
The Supreme Court said the judge likely influenced the jury, especially when he acted like a prosecutor while questioning a defense expert.
A 26-year-old mother and her boyfriend have been charged in connection with the beating death of the woman’s 2-year-old son.
In a unanimous decision, the court says Leo Ackley was poorly served by a trial lawyer who failed to call any expert witnesses.
Mackenzie had pneumonia and an infection, and her 3-year-old sister also was found malnourished, dehydrated and abused and weighed 17 pounds, authorities say.
Both children were lethargic, vomiting and experiencing hallucinations, police said.