Murder trial reset for January

Published 11:12 am Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The capital murder trial for Jamaal Brown, a man accused in 2014 of killing a 13-month-old child, has been reset for Jan. 17 at 9 a.m.

Jamaal Brown

Jamaal Brown

Brown’s previous trial date was scheduled for Sept. 13 following a May 4 motion where Brown waived his right to a speedy trial to give the defense time to obtain the services of an expert witness in the field of forensic pathology.

In the motion to continue, the defense said the state has acknowledged it will not seek the death penalty, however, the alternative minimum sentence for a conviction is life without possibility of parole.

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Brown was indicted Sept. 3, 2014, of the capital murder of 13-month-old Preston Reynolds, also known as Preston Jude Heath, who was injured Jan. 23, 2014. The indictment alleges that the child was struck on the head or another form of abuse that would cause serious bodily harm, resulting in his death. An autopsy report showed the baby had a fractured skull and contusions to the face.

Brown, a registered nurse, entered a plea of not guilty at his capital murder bond hearing on Sept. 11, 2014, and bail was set at $100,000.

Brown’s attorney said Brown was the one who brought the child to the hospital after the injury in January 2014 and stayed with him there until the 13-month-old died. He added that Brown gave a detailed report to the police department and brought officers to the home where an incident occurred.