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: