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No probable cause against stepmother charged with murder

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(WMC-TV) - The stepmother arrested on a capital murder charge, in connection to her 2-year-old stepson's death, was freed Tuesday.

A judge ruled there was not enough probable cause to arrest Patricia Redman.

Olive Branch Police Department arrested Redman on January 22, shortly after her stepson was taken off of life support at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

In court, prosecutors said that Redman was the last person to be around the 2-year-old boy before he died. The lead investigator also testified that a hospital doctor said it appeared the child had suffered blunt force trauma.

But Tuesday was a probably cause hearing and the judge felt the state could not prove that Redman killed the child based on the evidence presented.

Defense attorneys argued that there were no eyewitnesses. They also said the child had been fussy earlier in the day.

An Olive Branch police detective testified that she was going to present the case to a grand jury, which listed Redman and the child's biological father as potential suspects for indictment. But in court Tuesday, she said someone from the district attorney's office only proceeded with the charge against Patricia Redman.

When asked if she felt there originally was enough evidence to only charge Redman, the detective said 'no.'

The judge eventually said he was sure of probable cause when he signed the arrest warrant, but after Tuesday's hearing, he was not.

The Olive Branch police chief expressed his disappointment in the decision, but added that the case will go before a grand jury for a possible indictment.

Action News 5's Michael Clark called District Attorney John Champion for a comment on his office's involvement in the case, but did not hear back.

Redman's attorneys, Martin Zummach and John Key Perry, said they began their own investigation that was used to defend their client in court Tuesday.

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