Judge to weigh new trial in 1991 killing of 5-year-old boy

August 22, 2016 10:22 PM

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge is scheduled to consider whether a Florida woman convicted of killing her 5-year-old son in 1991 deserves a new trial.


Michelle Lodzinski originally was to be sentenced Tuesday after a jury convicted her in May in the killing of Timothy Wiltsey, but sentencing was postponed.

Lodzinski's attorney is expected to argue that prosecutors didn't present enough evidence at the trial. He also has questioned why the jury foreman was dismissed during deliberations.

Lodzinski said the boy disappeared from a carnival in central New Jersey, and then claimed he was abducted.

She was charged in 2014 after witnesses identified a blanket found near the boy's body nearly a year after he disappeared.

No forensic evidence tied Lodzinski or her son to the blanket, and no cause of death could be established.


Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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