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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB/AP) -- The conviction and 50-year prison sentence of a Kentucky teenager charged with murder has been overturned after the Kentucky Supreme Court concluded his confession was coerced.
The high court on Thursday ordered a new trial for 19-year-old Garrett Thomas Dye. The court ruled Dye's murder confession was coerced, saying police
convinced Dye a jury would convict him and give him the death penalty if
he did not.
Dye was convicted in 2011 of beating his adopted sister, 9-year-old Amy Dye, to death.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that anyone under 18 is ineligible for execution.
The case drew the attention of state lawmakers. Records were released showing that social workers either ignored or dismissed allegations of abuse and neglect against the child.
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