A lawyer for China Arnold, who murdered her 28-day-old baby by placing her in a microwave in August 2005, applied on Tuesday for a new trial, which would be her fourth in the case. Defense attorney Christopher Thompson argued before the Second District Court of Appeals of Ohio that there were five errors in the last trial of Arnold, and therefore, she should get another trial without the possibility of the death penalty.
Arnold, 33, was tried three times, with the death penalty a possibility every time, in the murder of her daughter, Paris Talley. Her first trial in February 2008 ended in a mistrial and the second trial ended in September 2008 when she was convicted, but the jury could not decide on the death penalty.
However, Judge Mary Wiseman sentenced her to life imprisonment, but ultimately the decision was overturned on appeal in November 2010.
Arnold’s third trial ended in May 2011 when she was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole after a jury did not approve of the death penalty.