Friday, December 11, 2020

Killer Mom who fed autistic son, 8, lethal cocktail of pills is released on bail

Killer mom Gigi Jordan who fed her autistic son a lethal cocktail of pills has been released on bail after a judge tossed out her conviction.

US Magistrate Judge Sarah Cave said that the 60-year-old would be allowed out on a $250,000 bond once she is fitted with an electronic ankle monitor.

Gigi Jordan was sentenced in 2015.

Her son was only eight years old.

Jordan obtained the tracker on Thursday, as she was told to report to pretrial services by 10am.

"We do believe we have a meritorious appeal," Assistant DA Vincent Rivellese said during the bail hearing on Wednesday. "We do intend to retry her if the appeal fails."

Her conditions include being confined to her house unless pretrial services grant her permission to visit her lawyers, doctors, or the grocery store.

Jordan was sentenced in 2015 to serve 18 years in prison after a jury found her guilty of first-degree manslaughter, instead of murder, deciding she was under "extreme emotional disturbance" when she administered her son a fatal dose of Ambien and Xanax.

Coroners officers remove body of 8-year-old Jude Mirra who died of drug overdose given to him by his mother Gigi Jordan at the Peninsula Hotel.

She was in a luxury New York City hotel room in 2010 when the incident occurred.

Lawyers for the nurse-turned-pharmaceutical entrepreneur argued that Jordan acted out of fear that her life was in danger and that her son would be left susceptible to abuse.

Jordan testified at her trial that she also took pills to kill herself but the suicide attempt was unsuccessful.

The judge ordered a new trial to be set for Jordan.

"I didn’t see any way out of this situation," she said during the trial. "I made a decision that I was going to end my life and Jude’s life."

In September, Judge Cave ordered a new trial to be set for Jordan.

The decision stemmed from a 2014 closed courtroom discussion that was requested by the lead prosecutor in the case.

Cave determined the off-the-record exchange regarding online material had violated Jordan’s Sixth Amendment right to a public trial.

At the time, one of Jordan’s lawyers repeatedly objected to the private discussion.

"The trial court's closure of the courtroom was deliberate, over the multiple, strenuous objections of Jordan’s counsel, and was a closure that the trial court in fact acknowledged after the fact may well have been erroneous," Cave wrote, arguing that Jordan’s right to a public trial applied to the proceeding.

Jordan served a total of 11 years in prison, which is more than 70 percent of her sentence.