Georgia Supreme Court to Hear Arguments from Man Hoping to Withdraw Guilty Plea

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia's high court will hear arguments Monday in the case of a DeKalb County man who's trying to withdraw the guilty plea he entered in the murder of his son.

Gary DeToma was convicted of suffocating his 5-year-old son in July 2010 during a bitter child custody dispute. He was indicted later that month, and prosecutors immediately announced they would seek the death penalty.

DeToma pleaded guilty in May 2012 to malice murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. A month later he filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea. The trial court turned him down, and he appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court.

DeToma's lawyer says his client was pressured into pleading guilty. Lawyers for the state say there's no evidence DeToma was manipulated.

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