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A dad who gave his six year-old son a deadly infection after sexually assaulting him has had his death sentence overturned.
The Arkansas Supreme Court said Thursday that it backed last months decision to overturn Mauricio Alejandro Torres capital murder conviction over the March 2015 death of his son Maurice Torres.
Maurice, who was known to friends and family as Isaiah, died of a bacterial infection caused by injuries he sustained after being sodomized by his dad with a stick.
Torres, of Bentonville, Arkansas, will no longer be put to death thanks to a technicality flagged by his lawyers, Arkansas Online reported.
They highlighted that the rape used to justify the death sentence imposed on Torres in November 2016 actually took place in Missouri, while the family was on a camping holiday.
That meant the sex attack should not have been used as an aggravating factor in charging Torres with capital murder, or condemning him to death after he was convicted.
Torres will now be retried for murder.
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