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New trial sought in Ryce murder

Published January 10, 2007


MIAMI - A death row inmate convicted of murdering 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce in 1995 appeared in court Tuesday, seeking a new trial.

His new attorneys claim Juan Carlos Chavez had ineffective counsel at his trial, saying the defense could not agree on a strategy and was hampered by a public defender worried about re-election.

Chavez confessed to killing Jimmy, who was kidnapped at gunpoint, raped and murdered after getting off his school bus near his home in Miami. The case led to a state law bearing Jimmy's name that keeps sexual predators in custody after they have finished their prison sentences if they are still considered a danger.

Jimmy's mother attended the hearing. "This is harder than I thought it would be," Claudine Ryce said during a break. " ... I'm here today because Jimmy had rights, too."


Woman charged after baby is left in oven

ORLANDO - A woman was charged with aggravated child abuse for putting her baby in an oven, turning it on and leaving her apartment after fighting with her boyfriend, police said.

The oven had not gotten hot enough to burn the child, whose age wasn't immediately known.

Sharlyn Singh, 29, was in the Orange County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail Tuesday.

A man who was helping Singh's boyfriend move out of the apartment Monday heard the baby crying and walked into the kitchen. He told police he asked Singh where the baby was, but she did not answer and walked out of the apartment. He found the baby in the oven, police said.

Officers answering the call reported seeing oven grease on the child's hand and clothes.

The boyfriend's relationship to the child was unclear.


[Last modified January 10, 2007, 01:04:08]

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