SD Man's Conviction Upheld In Toddler Death
November 10, 2011, 9:12 AM
SIOUX FALLS, SD -
The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld a Sioux Falls man's conviction for manslaughter in the killing of his girlfriend's toddler.
A jury last year convicted Christopher Fisher of first-degree manslaughter for the death of 16-month-old Preston Vensand on Thanksgiving Day 2008. Fisher is serving a 60-year prison sentence.
Prosecutors said Fisher shook the boy when the child wouldn't stop crying and autopsy results showed the boy died of head
injuries consistent with being shaken.
Fisher argued that his conviction should be overturned because police badgered a confession out of him.
The Supreme Court said the trial judge was correct to let the jury hear Fisher's confession to a police officer.
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
The date of the baby's death was corrected. The Associated Press first reported it happened Thanksgiving Day 2009; it took place on Thanksgiving Day 2008.
© 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. Material may not be redistributed.
7/3/2015 6:38 PM
A Brookings man is dead following a two-vehicle crash on I-29 Friday afternoon, just south of Baltic.
6/30/2015 9:46 AM
A 68-year-old Nebraska woman has died after a collision of two boats below Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River.
6/29/2015 8:45 AM
At about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, the Marshall County Sheriff's Office said a body was found in the tenting area at Roy Lake State Park.
7/5/2015 12:25 PM
A Spearfish woman was killed Saturday in a single-vehicle rollover crash outside of town.
7/4/2015 2:36 PM
An Arlington woman has died following a crash Friday night, but authorities say her death was not a result of the accident itself.