Mother Cleared of Murder: 13 Years in Prison; Pathologist’s Faulty Testimony Led to Verdict

A second-degree murder charge has been withdrawn against an Ontario woman who spent more than 13 years in prison for the death of her toddler son following the faulty testimony of disgraced pathologist Charles Smith.

The Crown told an Ontario justice Tuesday it does not wish to proceed with a new trial against 38-year-old Tammy Marquardt due to fresh evidence which has come to light.

Standing outside the courthouse, Marquardt held up a picture of her 2½-year-old son, Kenneth Wynne, and described the son she lost.

“Over the years, I’ve lost so much. This is the only picture I have left of him,” Marquardt said.

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Courtesy of LINDA NGUYEN, POSTMEDIA NEWS, The Montreal Gazette• Wed Jun. 8, 2011
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