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Adrian Thomas, New York father, acquitted of killing infant son

TROY, N.Y. - A Troy man has been acquitted of killing his infant son after the state's highest court ordered a new trial for him.

Adrian Thomas was found not guilty Thursday afternoon after Rensselaer County jurors deliberated about seven hours over two days.

Prosecutors had argued Thomas threw his 4-month-old son down on a bed in frustration in September 2008. He was convicted in 2009 of second-degree murder.

But the state Court of Appeals ordered a new trial, citing heavy-handed tactics by investigators who interrogated Thomas for almost nine hours.

Defense lawyer Stephen Coffey used testimony from outside medical experts to argue the baby died of a bacterial infection and not at the hands of his father.

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