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Shaken baby death will be re-tried


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) – The state Supreme Court has refused to overturn a decision granting a new trial for an Athens man who was previously convicted in the shaken baby death of his 4-month-old daughter.

Marathon County Judge Vincent Howard granted the new trial in 2009 because he ruled the jury that found Quentin Louis guilty did not hear medical testimony that his daughter Madelyn’s injuries might have other causes.

An appeals court upheld the decision in March. The same court also agreed that prosecutors can use a confession Louis made to police, ruling the confession was not coerced.

A date for the new trial has not been immediately set. Attorneys will schedule future court dates next week.

Louis had been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the crime until he won the new trial in August 2009 and his conviction was vacated.

Louis was originally found guilty of first-degree reckless homicide for causing Madelyn’s death while the two were home alone in March 2005.