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Appellate court upholds pair’s convictions in death of child

September 27th, 2013 11:15 pm by Tony Casey, NET News Service

Appellate court upholds pair’s convictions in death of child

A state Court of Criminal Appeals judge affirmed convictions against a Johnson City couple charged with killing their baby by child abuse, in a ruling posted Friday.

Life sentences were handed down to Russell Long and Jessica Adkins after their 2-month-old daughter died in early March 2009 of injuries resulting from her being dropped by Long.

Judge Robert W. Wedemeyer upheld the court’s decision to punish Long of aggravated child abuse and first-degree felony murder committed during the perpetration of aggravated child neglect. Adkins was charged with first-degree murder committed during the perpetration of aggravated child neglect.

Read the full report on the Johnson City Press website.


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