Woman Sentenced to Prison Over Son’s Murder in 1991 Now Walking Free

Woman Sentenced to Prison Over Son's Murder in 1991 Now Walking Free

(LibertySociety.com) – On December 28, the New Jersey Supreme Court overturned Michelle Lodzinski’s 2016 murder conviction in her son’s death in 1991. In a 4-3 ruling, the court determined the jury did not convict the woman beyond a reasonable doubt, setting aside the previous verdict.

The Justices who voted to keep Lodzinski in prison said the reversal “undermines the jury’s role” in the US justice system. Unfortunately, that means justice for Timothy Wiltsey remains unserved.

In 1991, Lodzinski reported her 5-year-old son missing after he allegedly vanished from a park in Sayreville, New Jersey. A search ensued, but authorities didn’t discover the boy’s body until 1992. Officials gathered circumstantial evidence over the years and arrested his mother for his murder in 2014. A jury of her peers convicted her in 2016.

In 2019, an appeals court found the jury’s murder conviction was valid beyond a reasonable doubt. However, the highest court in the Garden State reviewed the case and found the evidence presented didn’t support the guilty verdict.

When Lodzinski heard the news, she reportedly cried with relief. Upon her release, she planned to return to Florida, where she’ll reside with her two remaining children.

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