Review results in no retrial for Rodricus Crawford

Review results in no retrial for Rodricus Crawford
Rodricus Crawford, 25 (Source: Caddo Correctional Center)
Rodricus Crawford, 25 (Source: Caddo Correctional Center)
Roderius Lott was 1 when he died. (Source: Abbie Crawford)
Roderius Lott was 1 when he died. (Source: Abbie Crawford)
Crawford's 1-year-old son Roderius Lott was found unresponsive in a home in the 6800 block of Broadway in February 2012. (Source: KSLA News 12)
Crawford's 1-year-old son Roderius Lott was found unresponsive in a home in the 6800 block of Broadway in February 2012. (Source: KSLA News 12)

CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Following an extensive review and new evidence, the Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office will not retry a Caddo Parish Man in the death of his son, according to a news release.

Rodricus Crawford was convicted and sentenced to death in 2012 in the death of his one-year-old son, Roderius Lott. In his original trial, his defense attorneys said that the child was very sick with pneumonia and died from sepsis.

Prosecutors convinced the jury that Crawford smothered his son.

Crawford was a chronic and heavy user of marijuana, according to a news release from the Caddo Parish District Attorney. As a result, Roderius experienced multiple respiratory infections in his life.

Crawford spent three years at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

The Louisiana Supreme Court in November of 2016 reserved his conviction and ordered a new trial. The Supreme Court noted the time frame it would take for bruises to form on the lips of a child in contrast to the time it would take to result in the child's suffocation. Bruises on the child's face could have been made possibly from a suction device used to clear his sinuses/nasal passages.

The Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office stated in a news release:

New evidence presented after the trial raised questions about the degree of pneumonia together with bacteria in the child's blood indicative of sepsis are possibilities that require consideration. While the coroner and this office stand by the determination that a homicide occurred the State has the burden of proving all elements of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt. In this circumstantial evidence case, the State must also exclude every reasonable hypothesis of any other crime or innocence factors. Therein lies the problem.

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