- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Woonsocket woman convicted of second-degree murder and conspiracy in the 2004 beating death of her 3-year-old nephew is seeking a new trial.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1UdQnvC ) Katherine Bunnell is arguing that her trial lawyer didn’t adequately represent her.

Bunnell’s boyfriend, Gilbert Delestre, was also convicted in the boy’s killing.

Bunnell’s new attorney, James McCormick, says a witness should’ve been called to distinguish between which of the child’s injuries were because of Bunnell and which came from Delestre.

McCormick told a Superior Court judge on Thursday that Delestre delivered the fatal blows.

Bunnell was previously represented by Gerard Donley, who was later disbarred. Both Bunnell and Delestre were sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole plus 10 years.

The attorney who represented Delestre said Thursday he couldn’t comment.


Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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