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Mistrial declared in shaken baby case

August 21, 2004

Americus - A mistrial is declared in the case of a South Georgia babysitter accused of shaking a baby to death. The jury deliberated for more than 5 hours, in a rare Saturday in court, but couldn't reach a decision.

23 year-old Jennifer Tanner was accused of killing eight-month-old Haley Bone in October 2003. The Superior Court Judge ordered jurors back to court for closing arguments. The jury started deliberating at 1:00PM. Around 6:00PM, they came back - 11 not guilty, one guilty. A mistrial was declared.

Defense Attorney Bill Murray presented evidence that the time of the child's death may be wrong, putting the child at home with her parents rather than with the baby-sitter when she died.

Sumter County District Attorney Cecelia Cooper says her office plan to retry the case.

Posted at 10:35PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com


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