Court to hear appeal of conviction in boy's death

Court to hear appeal of conviction in boy's death

By KATE BRUMBACK
Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A lawyer for a Georgia man facing the death penalty for the 2007 rape and murder of a 6-year-old boy says police coerced false statements from his client and had no physical evidence tying him to the crime.

The Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in the case of David Edenfield, who was convicted in the death of Christopher Barrios near Brunswick.

Defense lawyer James Yancey says David Edenfield is a "low-functioning man" and that police got statements from him by making false promises. Yancey argued the trial court made numerous errors in the case.

Prosecutor John Johnson argued Edenfield's statements were correctly obtained and that the trial court ruled correctly in the case.

The arguments were held at the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens.

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