Anderson County DA to seek death penalty in 2011 child murder

Anderson County DA to seek death penalty in 2011 child murder case

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Valerie Stenson (source: Anderson County Sheriff's Office) Valerie Stenson (source: Anderson County Sheriff's Office)

CLINTON (WATE) - The Anderson County District Attorney said Wednesday that he will seek the death penalty for a woman charged with murdering her two-year-old granddaughter.

Valerie Stenson, of Oak Ridge, is accused of killing her granddaughter Manhattan Inman at her home on Teller Village Lane in April 2011. Stenson was charged in March of this year.

According to documents filed by District Attorney Dave Clark, he made the decision to seek the death penalty because of the age of the victim and because the murder was "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel".

"I reached this decision considering all the factors and after careful review and reflection," Clark said. "Once such a decision has been made, it represents an enormous commitment of state resources and a recognition that the case will be reviewed and scrutinized exhaustively."

In March, the grand jury indicted Stenson on five counts, including first degree murder, aggravated child abuse and neglect resulting in serious bodily injury, aggravated child abuse and neglect through use of a deadly weapon, aggravated child abuse and neglect through conduct that was especially heinous, atrocious, cruel or involved infliction of torture and aggravated child abuse and neglect during the year prior to the child's death.

 

 

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