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The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of molesting and murdering an eighteen-month-old boy, holding that the trial court did not commit fundamental error by admitting improper character evidence and medical-personnel testimony and that Defendant was not entitled to relief based on his challenged aggravators.
During sentencing, the jury found three statutory aggravators beyond a reasonable doubt and recommended life imprisonment without parole. The trial court adopted the recommendation. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) Defendant failed to show that the trial court committed fundamental error by admitting certain testimony; and (2) the State introduced sufficient evidence during sentencing to support the torture and child-molest aggravators.