Michelle Lodzinski Wiki
Michelle Lodzinski Biography
Who is Michelle Lodzinski?
The New Jersey Supreme Court overturned the verdict of a woman who was convicted of killing her young son.Michelle Lodzinski was found guilty by a jury in 2016 of the murder of 5-year-old Timothy Wiltsey.
She was last seen in 1991 and her body was found a year later.
Lodzinski claimed that her son disappeared from a Sayreville carnival,but later changed her story, saying that he was kidnapped.
Michelle Lodzinski arrested and charged
The case was reopened in 2011 and in August 2014 Lodzinski was charged with first degree murder.The guilty verdict came to years later.
Lodzinski moved to Florida and had two other children,but was charged 2014 after Wiltsey’s former nannies identified a blue blanket, found near the boy’s body 11 months after her disappearance, as belonging to Lodzinski.
During her 2016 trial and on appeal, Lodzinski’s lawyers argued that no forensic evidence tied her to the blanket and that prosecutors did not present sufficient evidence to show Lodzinski intentionally caused the boy’s death. The cause of death could not be determined because Wiltsey’s body had deteriorated.
Writing at the time for the three dissidents, Judge Barry Albin wrote: “In the modern annals of New Jersey legal history, to my knowledge, no murder conviction has ever been confirmed with such a paucity of evidence.”
In a dissenting opinion as part of Tuesday’s ruling, the three judges who voted to convict said: “In our opinion, the majority do the opposite of what our law requires.”
In October, the state Supreme Court took the rare step of agreeing to rehear the case, admitting that it had made a procedural error by ruling on an appeals court decision that had applied an incorrect legal standard. For the new hearing , the court added an appeals judge to serve as a tie-breaking vote.
“Even if the evidence suggested that Timothy did not die by accident , no testimony or evidence was offered to distinguish whether Timothy died from the negligent, reckless, willful, or knowing acts of a person, even if that person was Lodzinski,” the majority decision read.
Lodzinski had been a suspect from the beginning after he told investigators that Timothy Wiltsey disappeared while they were at a carnival in Sayreville, but he gave several accounts describing strangers who may have abducted him.
Prosecutors argued that the totality of the evidence was sufficient to prove Lodzinski’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. An appeals court agreed n 2019 when it upheld Lodzinski’s conviction, but the Supreme Court wrote that the appeals court only considered evidence offered by prosecutors and not by Lodzinski.