Supreme Court upholds stripping parental rights for murderer
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Supreme Court has again concluded a lower court was correct when it stripped parental rights from a convicted murderer serving two consecutive life sentences.
The court rejected 32-year-old Tony Gonzalez’s appeal of a Family Court decree terminating his parental rights to his 11-year-old daughter. The Providence Journal reports Gonzalez is in prison for gunning down 23-year-old Carl Cunningham Jr. while attempting to kill a romantic rival.
Gonzalez was twice convicted for the crime, most recently during an October retrial after the state Supreme Court vacated his previous conviction.
Gonzalez had argued his child’s therapist was not a valid expert witness for Family Court, but the Supreme Court rejected his argument.
Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com