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new trial for Ana Maria Cardona
Sun Apr 18, 2010 12:34pm

New Trial Date Set For Mother Of 'Baby Lollipops'
Jasmine Kripalani

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Ana Cardona, convicted in the 1990 murder of her son in what has become known as the "Baby Lollipops" murder, as seen in a Miami-Dade Corrections booking photo after she was granted a new trial.

A mother accused of fatally beating her child more than 20 years ago will get a new trial after being granted an appeal.

Ana Maria Cardona, now 49, originally faced the death penalty for the death of her 3-year-old son. But the Florida Supreme Court overturned the sentence and ordered a new trial in 2002.

So far, that new trial has been delayed for 8 years and Friday Cardona was in court where a new trial date was scheduled for May 10th. Cardona faces first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse charges.

In 1990, Cardona's 3-year-old son Lazaro Figueroa's small, lifeless body was found under a hedge in Miami Beach. There was evidence that the child had been tortured because his body had bite marks and bruises on his head. Police at the time dubbed him Baby Lollipops because of the design on the T-shirt he wore.

Cardona and her former girlfriend Olivia Gonzalez-Mendoza were charged in the death of the child. Gonzalez-Mendoza pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse charges. She testified against Cardona and served 15 years of a 40-year sentence in prison and was released Jan. 1, 2008, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.

Cardona appealed her conviction a number of times on various grounds, including a plea to the US Supreme Court, but all were denied until she made an appeal to the Florida Supreme Court in 1997.

It was rejected in 2000, but she appealed the rejection and two years later on July 7, 2002, the Florida Supreme Court reversed Cardona's conviction and sentence and remanded for a new trial citing a "Brady violation committed by the State."

The Florida Supreme Court found that the State withheld material criminal investigative reports of interviews with Gonzalez-Mendoza, the co-defendant, which contradicted her testimony against Cardona at trial. By failing to disclose these reports, the State prevented the defense from impeaching Gonzalez' credibility as the State's key witness.

Her new trial was first set for 2006, and delayed until 2008, and delayed yet again.

CBS4's Dave Game contributed to this report.

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