EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has tossed the 2009 conviction of a man found guilty of torturing his pregnant girlfriend at a Eugene motor home.
The Register-Guard newspaper (http://is.gd/EdjYtz ) reports the panel decided the convictions against Kevin Jones cannot stand because evidence of past crimes was improperly admitted and could have unfairly influenced the jury
The state Justice Department now must decide whether to send the case back to Lane County for another trial or seek further appeals.
Jones has been serving a 56-year prison term.
His girlfriend was covered in scars and bruises when she went to a hospital to give birth. Defense attorney Chris Hansen argued that the state failed to prove that Jones was the one who hurt the woman.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com