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January 4, 2013, 9:39 pm
Facing a Second Trial, Ernie Lopez Takes Plea Deal

An Amarillo man whose conviction for sexually assaulting a child was reversed after experts questioned forensic evidence used against him, pleads guilty to a reduced charge.

April 6, 2012, 6:03 pm
California Governor Commutes Sentence in Shaken Baby Case

Shirley Ree Smith, who was convicted in 1997 of shaking her infant grandson to death, has always maintained her innocence.

March 29, 2012, 4:59 am
New Questions About Evidence Used to Convict Grandmother in Shaken Baby Case

Shirley Ree Smith lives with her daughter Tomeka in Alexandria, Minn., a quaint town of approximately 11,000 people located about … Continue reading

March 5, 2012, 4:19 pm
Free, But Not Cleared: Ernie Lopez Comes Home

After nearly nine years in prison, Ernie Lopez has returned home to Amarillo, Texas, where a throng of family members … Continue reading

February 21, 2012, 12:11 pm
One Hospital’s New Plan to Catch Questionable Cases of Child Abuse

FRONTLINE recently caught up with Dr. Michael Laposata, a pathologist and blood-clotting expert out of the Vanderbilt University, who co-published landmark study in 2005 on diseases that can mimic abuse. …

January 27, 2012, 5:49 pm
Texas DA Will Re-Try Ernie Lopez on Sexual Assault Charges

Days after the Texas state appeals court threw out his 2003 conviction, a district attorney has decided to re-try Ernie Lopez on charges that he sexually assaulted a six-month old girl.

January 25, 2012, 6:16 pm
Texas Court Voids Conviction in Child Death Case

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals today set aside the conviction of Ernie Lopez, an Amarillo man found guilty in 2003 of sexually assaulting six-month-old Isis Vas. The baby died shortly after the purported attack.

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