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Prosecutors in Cristian Fernandez case file voluntary dismissal of appeal

5:00 PM, Sep 18, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Prosecutors have dismissed their appeal of a judge's ruling that suppresses interrogations in the sexual battery and cases against 13-year-old Cristian Fernandez, the State Attorney's Office has confirmed.

The notice, which was obtained on Tuesday by our news partner The Florida Times-Union, came from the Attorney General's Office and the State Attorney's Office. No reason was stated for the dismissal.

"After a thorough review of the thirteen volume record on appeal, researching the issues involved, and discussion between the State Attorney's Office and Attorney General's Office, both the State Attorney's Office and the Attorney General's Office have concluded that this appeal should be dismissed," the notice said.

The suppression hearing focused on whether Judge Mallory Cooper would allow statements and videotapes of Fernandez's alleged confession to police.

Fernandez is on trial for sexual battery trial for allegedly molesting a 5-year-old half brother. Fernandez is also accused of being responsible for the 2011 death of a 2-year-old half brother.

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