ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Man convicted in death of football star's son appeals

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A man serving life in prison without parole for the death of the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is appealing his conviction to the South Dakota Supreme Court.

SIOUX FALLS (AP) - A man serving life in prison without parole for the death of the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is appealing his conviction to the South Dakota Supreme Court.

Joseph Patterson last fall was convicted of second-degree murder in the October 2013 death of Tyrese Robert Ruffin, the son of Patterson's girlfriend and Peterson.

An autopsy concluded the boy suffered four blows to the head that doctors said couldn't have been accidental. Patterson maintained his innocence throughout his trial, saying the boy choked.

The Argus Leader reports that Patterson's lawyer, Ellery Grey, filed an appeal last month.

Related Topics: CRIME
What To Read Next
“This is sensationalism at its finest, and it does not deserve to be heard in our state capitol,” Rep. Erin Healy, a Democrat and one of 10 votes against the bill in the 70-person chamber, said.
Members Only
Prior to be sentenced to prison, a Mitchell man blamed the winter weather and slick roads for his DUI charge and said he wouldn't have been pulled over had it not been for the "crazy weather."
Proponents say legislation would prevent land damage; opponents say it would disadvantage non-landowners
Month saw sixth highest overall snowfall of any month