Judge Denies New Trial For Lindsey Lowe

Judge Denies New Trial For Lindsey Lowe

CREATED Jan 31, 2014

GALLATIN, Tenn. – A judge has denied a retrial for the Sumner County woman convicted of killing her newborn twins. 

On Friday morning, Criminal Court Judge Dee David Gay refused to grant a new trial for Lindsey Lowe, who was sentenced last year to at least 51 years in prison after she was convicted of felony murder, premeditated murder and aggravated child abuse.

The murder charges carried automatic life sentences, which means she will serve a minimum of 51 years in prison.

"This is kind of the first step in going to the Appellate Court," said John Pellegrin, one of Lowe's attorneys.

The defense offered 27 reasons Lowe deserves a retrial. They felt like police didn't properly tell Lowe of her Miranda rights, and statements she made to police should not have been admitted.

The case will now go to the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

After the hearing, Lowe was allowed to spend some time with family members who attended the court session. She was shackled before being led back to a private, secured room. 

Sumner County District Attorney General Ray Whitley called the case one of the saddest he's ever prosecuted.

"We have a young woman, 26-years-old, that chose to sacrifice her two totally healthy little baby boys for her reputation. She traded her babies for her reputation. We proved that at trial and the jury found her guilty," Whitley said.

Evidence showed infants Mark Alvin Michael Lowe and Paul Duvoll Tate Lowe only lived five minutes after birth. Each baby boy died of suffocation, yet autopsies found them to each otherwise be healthy.

Police said Lowe killed her newborn twins right after birth and then placed their bodies in a laundry basket in her room at her family's home in Hendersonville. Her mother found one of the babies two days later, and her father called police.

Lowe is being held at the maximum security Tennessee Prison for Women on Stewarts Lane in the Bordeaux area. The Tennessee Prison for Women is the state's primary corrections facility for women convicted in felony cases.

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(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)