Taxpayer will assist cowl the protection prices for a Florida lady charged with first-degree homicide within the drowning loss of life of her autistic 9-year-old son.
Miami-Dade Circuit Decide Daryl Trawick dominated in an order launched Thursday that Patricia Ripley, 46, is indigent for sure prices that embody depositions, personal investigators and consultants who focus on attempting to maintain defendants off Florida’s Demise Row, the Miami Herald reported. Related loss of life penalty circumstances have price tons of of hundreds of in consultants, investigators and different bills.
Prosecutors objected, stating that her household owns an costly dwelling in South Florida and land within the Dominican Republic.
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Ripley remains to be presently chargeable for paying the $300,000 being charged by her personal protection attorneys. If the decide finds her indigent for lawyer charges, she’ll be represented by the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Workplace.
Ripley is accused of the Might 2020 loss of life of Alejandro Ripley, who suffered from extreme autism and couldn’t communicate. She is charged with first-degree homicide and a number of different felonies. She stays jailed whereas awaiting trial. She has pleaded not responsible.
Patricia Ripley initially referred to as 911 and stated two Black males took her son after operating her off a street south of Miami, police stated. An Amber Alert was issued for the boy. The kid’s physique was discovered the following day in a canal a couple of miles (kilometers) from the world she stated the kidnapping had taken place.
Investigators had been initially suspicious of Ripley’s altering accounts of what occurred. They discovered that earlier within the night, Ripley was caught on surveillance cameras pushing the boy right into a canal, in accordance with authorities. A bystander rescued the boy from the water.
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Police stated the mom pushed the kid into the water once more at a distinct spot about an hour later and he drowned.
When police confronted Ripley, they stated, she acknowledged making up the kidnapping story. She additionally admitted to main the kid to the canal the place he died and stated, “he’s going to be in a greater place,” in accordance with the police report.