Alleged baby killer wants to withdraw his no-contest plea

2010-01-28T12:40:00Z Alleged baby killer wants to withdraw his no-contest pleaStaff report Santa Maria Times
January 28, 2010 12:40 pm  • 

A Santa Maria man convicted of killing a baby was not sentenced today as planned because he has indicated he wants to withdraw the no-contest plea he made in September to the second-degree murder of 9-month-old Victor Delfin Jr.

The announcement came this morning at the beginning of the sentencing hearing in Santa Maria for 18-year-old Todd Haxton Jr. before Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Edward Bullard.

Although sentencing did not happen as planned, family members of Victor gave emotional victim-impact statements in which they condemned Haxton for killing the infant.

Haxton is accused of causing fatal injuries to Victor on Dec. 19, 2008, by dropping and shaking the baby at a Santa Maria residence. The defendant was charged as an adult with murder.

He was expected to be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

The courtroom was packed today with family of both Victor and Haxton, and angry outbursts were made throughout the hearing by both sides.

Haxton is due back in court on Feb. 25 to discuss a possible motion to withdraw his plea.

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