Retrial date set for Arkansas man in death of 6-year-old son

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – The retrial of a northwest Arkansas man who had been sentenced to die for the death of his 6-year-old son has been set.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the retrial of 49-year-old Mauricio Alejandro Torres of Bella Vista was set on Monday to begin Feb. 18.

Torres was convicted and sentenced to death in 2016 of using a stick to sexually assault his son while the family was camping in Missouri. The boy died a day later at an Arkansas hospital.

The state Supreme Court overturned the conviction in April, saying Arkansas prosecutors could not use rape as justification for a capital murder charge because the alleged assault occurred in Missouri.

Torres has pleaded not guilty to an amended charge of knowingly killing a child.

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