- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Prosecutors say they’ll retry a South Texas woman whose capital murder conviction in the 2006 salt poisoning death of her 4-year-old foster son was overturned.

Nueces County District Attorney Mark Skurka said Friday that he has ordered a new trial for Hannah Overton of Corpus Christi, who had served seven years of a prison sentence of life without parole.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Overton’s conviction in September, citing ineffective trial counsel at her 2007 trial for the death of Andrew Burd. Her present attorney seeks a bench warrant to return Overton from state prison to Nueces County Jail.

Overton contended Andrew had emotional and medical problems, including an eating disorder in which he’d consume odd food items. An autopsy showed elevated sodium levels in his body.


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