Columbus man granted new trial in toddler's death

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) – A man convicted for the 1998 beating death of a 15-month old child has been granted a new trial.

Timothy Murphy was found guilty of murder for the September 1998 death of 15-month old Tytanna Jackson.

Monday in a unanimous decision the Georgia Supreme Court ordered a new trial.

The chief justice said due to comments made by the judge about a witness, the jury could have seen the act as bolstering the testimony.

The trial will take place in Muscogee County, but it has not yet been scheduled.

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