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Brinson appeals murder conviction
Brinson Sammy
Sammy Brinson

An Effingham County man has appealed his guilty verdict in the 2006 murder of his infant daughter to the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Justices heard arguments from Michael Muldrew, assistant district attorney for the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit, and on behalf of Sammy Brinson. Brinson was convicted of murder in 2009 for the death of his daughter, 8-week-old Arianna Rosier.

Brinson’s attorney, public defender Robert Persse, filed a motion for a new trial in April 2010. In the motion, the defense claimed the court erred in allowing evidence of a 1998 aggravated assault conviction to be introduced. The defense also said the venue of the crime was at question, the introduction of evidence of flight was improper and the evidence was insufficient to support convictions of murder, cruelty to children, aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

According to court documents, Rincon police received a 911 call from Brinson’s home in the early morning hours of May 21, 2006, asking for help for a “non-breathing infant.”

For more, see Friday's edition of the Effingham Herald.