BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The retrial of a northwest Arkansas man who had been sentenced to die for the death of his 6-year-old son has been set.
The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the retrial of 49-year-old Mauricio Alejandro Torres of Bella Vista was set on Monday to begin Feb. 18.
Torres was convicted and sentenced to death in 2016 of using a stick to sexually assault his son while the family was camping in Missouri. The boy died a day later at an Arkansas hospital.
The state Supreme Court overturned the conviction in April, saying Arkansas prosecutors could not use rape as justification for a capital murder charge because the alleged assault occurred in Missouri.
Torres has pleaded not guilty to an amended charge of knowingly killing a child.