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Day one of jury selection in Adrian Thomas re-trial ends without full panel seated

Updated: 05/27/2014 5:42 PM
Created: 05/27/2014 9:17 AM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff

TROY - Adrian Thomas had already begun his 25 years to life prison sentence when a high court tossed out his conviction on murder charges.

Now Thomas is back in court in Troy as a jury is selected for a second trial on charges he killed his own son.

An appellate court ruled Troy Police tricked Thomas into confessing to the crime by telling the suspect his son was still alive.

In fact, Thomas' infant son was already dead.

Police say Thomas told them he threw the 4-month-old violently onto a bed and hit his head against the crib.

Thomas' attorneys say police lied to him, telling him the boy was alive but doctors could only save him if they knew exactly what happened.

The baby died in September 2008.

The defense says the baby died of sepsis while prosecutors allege that it was at the hands of Adrian Thomas.

The judge told potential jurors that the trial could last between two and three weeks.

This time around the Judge and Prosecutor are the same, but Thomas is being defended by Steve Coffey and Art Frost.

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