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Va. judge asked to set aside baby death conviction

Wednesday - 5/21/2014, 8:52am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A woman's lawyer is asking a Richmond judge to set aside her conviction in the death of her infant daughter.

A Richmond Circuit Court jury found Shavaughn Robinson guilty of second-degree murder on May 1. Jurors recommended a seven-year sentence.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1mX8sfe ) reports that senior assistant public defender Po Chau filed a motion this week asking Judge Clarence N. Jenkins to set aside the conviction and the sentencing recommendation. The motion says the jury used evidence that was insufficient to sustain a conviction.

Prosecutors say in a response that Chau's arguments appear to conflict with evidence presented at the trial.

Robinson was accused of leaving her newborn daughter in a trash bin in May 2013.

The judge delayed Robinson's sentencing, which was scheduled Tuesday.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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