A Newton County man, who is a prisoner at Hays State Prison in Trion, and his wife have filed motions for new trials, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Both Christopher Michael McNabb and Cortney Marie Bell were convicted of killing their baby Caliyah in May 2019. The two contend that there is no evidence they killed their child. In his motion filed Monday, McNabb says prosecutors were unable to prove he killed baby Caliyah and that his prior attorney was ineffective during the trial.
In her motion for a new trial, filed in late January, Bell also says prosecutors did not prove she was responsible for Caliyah’s death.
A jury deliberated about an hour before convicting both McNabb and Bell following a joint trial. McNabb was sentenced to life in prison without parole, Bell to 30 years with 15 to serve.
McNabb is currently an inmate at Hays State Prison in Trion, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. Bell is currently serving at Pulaski State Prison in Hawkinsville. A relative has custody of the couple’s older daughter.