Friday, February 10, 2017

Justice for Trevor (Again)

I know it has been a while since I updated this blog.  I am going to try to summarize what has been going on.

In early 2014 we attended a post conviction hearing.  She was seeking a new trial on the grounds of inadequate council and stated she did not receive a fair trial.  The judge decided to give her a new trial.

In August of 2014 she was released on bond.

Many months passed by as we waited for a new trial date.

January 30-Feb 9 2017 a new trial was held.  New judge, new county, new attorney, new prosecutors, new medical experts and new jurors.

The facts of this case hadn't changed, the medical evidence hadn't changed.  Her "experts" were paid a lot of money to testify in trial and to try to poke holes in the state's case.  One expert was a total of $22,000 and the other was $13,000.  Each "expert" had their own theory as to what happened.  They only looked at one piece of a very large picture.

The state's experts all work with children.  3 of them actually treated Trevor at Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC.  One expert actually performed is autopsy and the other was a pediatric Neurosurgeon from Hershey, PA.

(I will write more about the experts in another post, I just want to get the basics out since it has been so long)

On February 9, 2017 the jury deliberated and Dobson was found guilty of 2nd degree murder and 1st degree child abuse resulting in death for a 2nd time.

On February 10, 2017 a sentencing hearing was held.  I was allowed to give a Victim's Impact Statement which I have linked here.

The judge reinstated her original sentence.  30 years for each charge with 10 suspended for each charge and serve them concurrently for  a total of 20 years.  She was given credit for the 4 years she was incarcerated before.  So basically a total of 16 years.  We would have loved to have more time given to her, but the law doesn't allow it.

This was an exhausting 2 weeks. I was scared to relive it, but we did and having the guilty verdict and sentence given was worth every tear.  2 juries have found her guilty, each trial was fair.  There are no more excuses.  Justice for Trevor.

***As I said I will write more at a later time.  I am just exhausted and need to catch up on some much needed sleep.

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