MIAMI — The murder conviction and death sentence imposed on a Florida mother for the slaying of her young son known as “Baby Lollipops” have been thrown out by the state Supreme Court.
The justices ruled Thursday that prosecutors made improper and inflammatory statements during the trial of Ana Maria Cardona. She was sentenced to death in 2011 for the killing in 1990 of 3-year-old Lazaro Figueroa, who was wearing a T-shirt with a lollipop image when found dead by Miami Beach police. He had been badly beaten and weighed just 18 pounds.
A few hours later, prosecutors announced they will retry the woman and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office said in a statement Thursday that a third trial will be held.
Cardona’s previous conviction and sentence in 1992 also had been overturned.
The Supreme Court overturned the first conviction because prosecutors failed to disclose key evidence to the defense.