- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Butte man who is serving a life sentence for killing his infant daughter in August 2013 is seeking a new trial.

Matthew Blaz filed an appeal with the Montana Supreme Court last week arguing jurors in his May 2014 trial should not have heard about his conviction for domestic violence against his wife just over a month before his daughter’s death.

His appeal argues there’s a reasonable possibility that the domestic violence evidence contributed to Blaz’s conviction for deliberate homicide.

The state medical examiner testified that Mattisyn Blaz suffered skull fractures and bleeding in her brain, neck and eyes and that her death was an intentional act. Prosecutors said Masttisyn suffered for at least six hours before being taken to the hospital.

Blaz has maintained his innocence.

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