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Alaska appeals court sends murder case back to lower court

July 26, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska appeals court has tossed out the murder conviction of a Wasilla man serving a 30-year prison sentence in the 2008 death of his 15-month-old daughter.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the Alaska Court of Appeals ruled Friday the case will be sent back to state court so prosecutors can decide whether to again try 36-year-old Clayton Allison.

The appeals court said information about a potentially deadly medical condition the toddler, Jocelyn, had was wrongly prohibited at Allison’s 2015 trial.

The girl died of traumatic brain injuries that Allison said were the result of a fall down stairs.

Prosecutors had argued that the girl’s injuries were the result of abuse.

The Alaska Public Defender Agency, which represented Allison, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com

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