ALBANY — A midlevel New York court has rejected the appeal of a murder conviction by a man who’s the subject of a documentary film about false confessions.
The Appellate Division rejected arguments that Adrian Thomas’ videotaped statements to Troy investigators were coerced and should have been suppressed at his trial for the 2008 death of his infant son.
Prosecution and defense medical experts disagreed whether the infant died from infection or head trauma.
Thomas admitted throwing the child down on the bed after investigators said the death appeared accidental and that Thomas wouldn’t be arrested, but his wife would be charged if he didn’t take responsibility.
The court says Thursday police tactics “were not so deceptive they were fundamentally unfair.”
The documentary “Scenes of a Crime” opens next week in Manhattan.