Indian American dad Wesley Mathews, denied new trial in the death of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews
Wesley Mathews, now serving life sentence in connection to the death of his adopted daughter, had asked for a new trial.
Wesley Mathews, the Indian American father serving life sentence in the death of his 3-year-old daughter Sherin Mathews in 2017, was denied a motion for a new trial by a judge on Thursday morning.
Wesley was convicted earlier this summer and is currently serving life sentence. Mathews’ lawyers had sought a new trial for their client and claimed that jury members may have been biased as they were shown the pictures of the 3-year-old’s dead body.
The child’s pictures, as it was discovered in a culvert near her home in Richardson, Texas, may have influenced the jury to decide against Wesley Mathews, according to his defense team, which filed a motion for a new trial last month. But Mathews’ hopes for a new trial came crashing down as the judge decided against it on Thursday morning.
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During the trial, which led to Mathews’ conviction, the father from Richardson pleaded guilty to a lesser charge by admitting that he failed to call 911 to help her child, who was choking on milk, according to his own statement. The adoptive father, instead, decided to dispose his daughter’s body himself in a culvert near his home, he claimed.
Mathews initially claimed that his daughter went missing after he forced her to stand outside the home, late in the night, as a punishment for not drinking milk. Three days later, the police discovered the body of the toddler in a culvert in a decaying state. He then changed his story, and claimed that the girl choked on milk, while he was giving her milk late in the night. He also said that he failed to call for any help.
If the current conviction stands, Mathews will be serving a life sentence and will not be eligible for a parole until 2047.
Ever since the spine-chilling case came into spotlight, back in 2017, a huge community has been vying for justice for Sherin Mathews. The little girl was adopted by Wesley and Sini Mathews from an orphanage in Bihar, India.