- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) - A Sumner County judge has denied a retrial for a Hendersonville woman convicted of smothering her newborn twins.

Lindsey Lowe was sentenced last year to at least 51 years in prison after she was convicted of felony murder, premeditated murder and aggravated child abuse. On Friday, Criminal Court Judge Dee David Gay refused to grant a new trial.

John Pellegrin, one of Lowe’s attorneys, said she is going to appeal Gay’s decision. He said defense attorneys alleged 27 errors during Lowe’s trial last year. They felt like police didn’t properly tell Lowe of her Miranda rights. They also felt like statements she made to police should not have been admitted at trial.

She told police that she had given birth alone on Sept. 12, 2011, in the bathroom of her parents’ home. The family home is located in an upper-middle-class neighborhood in Hendersonville, a city 20 miles northeast of Nashville. She told police during questioning that she had gotten pregnant by a man other than her fiance and she was trying to keep the pregnancy quiet. She said she kept her condition secret so as to not disappoint her fiance or add to the stress of her sick mother.

Lowe said she “maybe” smothered the babies after she had given birth to them. She testified that she was trying to keep them quiet.

A family discovered one of the bodies in a laundry basket. A police officer found one of the twins under a bloody sheet.

Sumner County District Attorney General Ray Whitley called the case one of the saddest he’s ever prosecuted.

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