Hull: Arguments for new trial in overdose death of four-year-old

Arguments for a new trial are being heard today in the case of Michael Riley of Hull, who was convicted of overmedicating and killing his four-year-old daughter in 2006.

Riley was found guilty of first degree murder while his wife Carolyn was convicted of second degree murder in a separate trial.

Prosecutors say the couple concocted symptoms of bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in their daughter to try to collect Social Security disability benefits, then overmedicated her on drugs prescribed by a psychiatrist.

Riley claims his trial attorney made serious mistakes; among them not presenting evidence to rebut the prosecution’s claim that he was responsible for the long-term overmedication of his three children.

About Steve Burns

Steve comes to the South Shore by way of the Jersey Shore. Upon arriving at Emerson College in Boston back in 2010, Steve was immediately attracted to radio as an outlet for his reporting. Previous stops before the South Shore include WOBM on the Jersey Shore, WCCM in the Merrimack Valley, an internship at CBS Radio News' flagship station, WCBS 880 in New York City, and a few formative years at Emerson's WERS.