The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday announced the unanimous ruling involving defendant Kelcey Jones.
An autopsy had found that Jones’ 4-year-old son Joshua died of blows to the head and abdomen in September 2003. The boy’s mother, who had separated from Jones earlier, said the child had been spending the weekend with his father when the beating occurred.
Kelcey Jones was sentenced in Twiggs County to life in prison for murder and an additional 20 years for first-degree cruelty to a child.
Jones appealed the conviction, but the state Supreme Court rejected most of the arguments made by his lawyers.