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Motion to dismiss Patricia Brown trial denied

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A motion to dismiss a potential new trial for Patricia Brown has been denied in Indio court Thursday.

Brown was released from jail in April 2018. She was serving time after being convicted of second-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old step-son, Deetrick Brown. Deetrick died in 2003, and Brown was convicted in August 2016.

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"I'm excited and I am blessed to be out. I really am, I feel blessed," Brown told News Channel 3 after being released from jail.

Brown and her husband, Derrick Brown, were first charged with murder in 2003, but the proceeding judge determined that there was not enough evidence to go to trial during a preliminary hearing. Ten years later, the Riverside County District Attorney's Office and the Riverside County Sheriff's Department began investigating the case again, submitted new evidence, which ultimately led to the arrest of the Browns on January 16, 2013, exactly one decade after the date of Deetrick's death.

Derrick would end up being acquitted due to lack of evidence. Patricia Brown was granted a new trial in March 2018 by Riverside Superior Court Judge John G. Evans determined that the evidence was not sufficient for a conviction.

The involved parties were present at the Larson Justice Center for the proceedings and will return on January 17 for a trial readiness conference.

The new trial against brown is being pursued by the Riverside County District Attorney's Office.

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