Woman guilty in son’s murder

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

A Bell County jury has found a woman guilty of murder in the star­va­tion death of her 7½-week-old son.

The nine-woman, three-man jury de­lib­er­ated for a lit­tle more than an hour Wed­nes­day be­fore re­turn­ing its ver­dict against 31-year-old Nilda Iliana Ro­driguez of Harker Heights.

The jury will be­gin hear­ing ev­i­dence to­day in state District Court in Bel­ton on how Ro­driguez should be pun­ished. She could get five to 99 years or life in prison.

Ro­driguez was con­victed of starv­ing Deon Dejuan Grif­fin to death in 2008. Tes­ti­fy­ing Wed­nes­day, Ro­driguez said her son some­times had trou­ble eat­ing. Her attorneys con­tend that the child’s death was a re­sult of a di­a­betic coma, in­sulin re­jec­tion or chok­ing.

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