PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A judge is expected to throw out the 2011 aggravated murder conviction of the only woman on Oregon’s death row for the torture and starvation of her 15-year-old daughter.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Senior Circuit Court Judge J. Burdette Pratt said in a draft ruling that Angela McAnulty should get a new trial because her attorneys failed to adequately represent or advise her during her trial.
Pratt has yet to finalize and sign the ruling, but The Oregonian/OregonLive received a preliminary copy from a source. The judge’s underlying finding isn’t expected to change.
McAnulty’s case is one of the most notorious in modern Oregon history. Pratt noted the evidence was “particularly gruesome.”
According to prosecutors, McAnulty singled out daughter Jeanette Maples to beat and starve while allowing her other two children to eat.