Ga. woman wants jaywalk death charge dropped

ATLANTA — A Georgia woman who faces criminal charges in the jaywalking death of her 4-year-old son is asking an appeals court to dismiss all charges against her.

Raquel Nelson’s attorney Steve Sadow will ask the Georgia Court of Appeals on Tuesday to toss out all the charges against her stemming from her son A.J.’s death in April 2011. He died after bolting from his mother while crossing a busy suburban Atlanta street.

She was convicted in July of vehicular homicide, reckless conduct and jaywalking and sentenced to a year of probation, but she took a judge’s offer of a new trial instead. The vehicular homicide charge was later dismissed, but Nelson’s attorney wants all charges dropped.

Pedestrian advocates and other supporters have come out in force for Nelson at previous hearings.

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