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Sep 21, 2010 9:46 AM by Nichole Larkey

Judge to Rule on Satonia Small Case

SHREVEPORT, La. - A Caddo district judge will rule Sept. 30 on whether to acquit a Shreveport woman convicted of murder after her 6-year-old daughter died in an apartment fire while home alone with another child.
Defense attorney Christopher Hatch filed the
post-verdict motion Monday arguing that Satonia Small did not kill her child and her absence from the apartment at the time of the 2008 fire did not directly cause the girl's death. The defense team initially asked the court for a new trial, but on Monday, Hatch said the case warranted an acquittal.
A Caddo jury last month unanimously convicted Small of second-degree murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence.

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