County of Conviction: TylerConvicted of: Child Abuse with Serious Bodily Injury; Unlawful AssaultSentence: 3-15 years
Time Served: 2.5 years
WVIP Involvement: Freed Client
WVIP client Christopher Dodrill was convicted of Child Abuse Resulting in Injury and Unlawful Assault primarily based on the testimony of states’ experts, who testified that the victim – an infant – was severely injured due to Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma (“SBS/AHT”). SBS/AHT has come, and continues to be, under heightened scrutiny among the medical community. At trial no expert was called to raise the medical shift in SBS/AHT science, or to testify to the actual cause of the child’s injuries.
On August 8, 2018, The Tyler County Circuit Court vacated Mr. Dodrill’s conviction based on ineffective assistance of trial counsel. Read more about his case, and overturning his wrongful conviction, here. Mr. Dodrill has since been freed.