January trial date set in infant murder case

Published 5:41pm Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The attorney for Joey Alan Grizzell maintains his client’s innocence and says he and his client will be ready for trial in January.

Grizzell, 27, appeared before Circuit Court Judge Ben Fuller Monday and had his trial date set for the week of Jan. 13.

The Prattville resident is charged with the murder of a 13-month-old boy, who he confessed to dropping and shaking until the child later died at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

The incident took place Feb. 6 at the home of the baby’s grandparents.

Grizzell first said he “accidently” dropped the infant on the kitchen floor before submitting to a taped confession.

“He not only shook the baby, he dropped it on more than one occasion,” Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin told the Herald.

The child belonged to Grizzell’s former girlfriend. He was asked to watch over the infant while the mother was gone.

Almost six months later a forensic pathologist deemed the child’s death to be a homicide.

Grizzell was indicted by an Elmore County grand jury and charged with murder last month.

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