The Latest: 3rd trial for Florida mom in Baby Lollipops case
MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on the Florida Supreme Court ruling in the Baby Lollipops case (all times local):
Prosecutors say they will retry a Florida woman whose conviction and death sentence in the so-called Baby Lollipops killing were overturned by the state Supreme Court.
The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office said in a statement Thursday that a third trial will be held for 54-year-old Ana Maria Cardona. She has been convicted twice for the 1990 beating death of her 3-year-old son, Lazaro Figueroa. He was wearing a T-shirt with a lollipop image when his body was found in Miami Beach.
Cardona’s previous conviction and sentence in 1992 also had been overturned. In the most recent ruling Thursday, the justices found that prosecutors made improper and inflammatory closing arguments in her second trial in 2011.
The Supreme Court overturned the first conviction because prosecutors failed to disclose key evidence to the defense.
The murder conviction and death sentence imposed on a Florida mother for the slaying of her young son known as “Baby Lollipops” have been thrown out by the state Supreme Court.
The justices ruled Thursday that prosecutors made improper and inflammatory statements during the trial of Ana Maria Cardona. She was sentenced to death in 2011 for the killing in 1990 of 3-year-old Lazaro Figueroa, who was wearing a T-shirt with a lollipop image when found dead by Miami Beach police. He had been badly beaten and weighed just 18 pounds.
Cardona was initially convicted and sentenced to die in 1992. The Supreme Court overturned the conviction because prosecutors failed to disclose key evidence to the defense.
The court’s decision means Cardona is likely to face a third murder trial.