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Appeals court denies new trial for Milwaukee woman in brutal double murder

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A state appeals court refused Wednesday to give a new trial to a Milwaukee woman convicted of strangling a pregnant woman, stealing the baby, and trying to pass it off as her own.

35-year-old Annette Morales-Rodriguez is serving life in prison with no chance for a supervised release, in a case that made worldwide headlines in 2011.

She tried convincing the First District Court of Appeals that she had ineffective lawyers after her original legal team quit midway through the case due to apparent conflicts of interest. Morales-Rodriguez claimed she was denied her right to hire new lawyers -- and the team she was given used flawed legal reasoning.

Circuit Judge David Borowski didn't buy the woman's argument -- and neither did the appellate court.

Prosecutors said Morales-Rodriguez was desperate to deliver a son to her boyfriend -- and because she couldn't do it naturally, she tried grabbing an unborn infant from the womb of 23-year-old Maritza Ramirez-Cruz. Both mother and baby died in the incident.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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