New trial given in child death


ALAMOSA — Determining ineffective trial counsel, Chief District Judge Pattie Swift this week decided that Krystal Voss, 42, was entitled to a new trial regarding the death of her son Kyran, 19 months.

After a jury in late 2004 convicted Voss of felony child abuse causing death, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. She would have been up for parole next year.

Judge Swift vacated Voss’ conviction and sentence and ordered the case to be set for a new trial. The case is scheduled in district court next Tuesday, Aug. 15.

A more complete account of the judge’s 139-page ruling will appear in Friday’s Courier.