An Arizona man who was briefly convicted of killing his young son more than a decade ago is jailed in La Crosse County.
Jeffrey Martinson is being held on $1 million cash bond, and the state of Arizona wants the 51-year-old returned for a new trial. Martinson was tried several years ago for the 2004 drug overdose death of his 5-year-old son.
Although a jury found Martinson guilty of first-degree murder, charges of misconduct on the part of a juror and a prosecutor led to the dismissal of the murder charge.
The case has been in and out of court over the years, and this week, the Arizona Supreme Court turned down a claim by Martinson’s attorneys that he can’t be tried a second time for the boy’s death.
Martinson was found to be doing construction work in the La Crosse area. He was arrested Thursday.
His next appearance before a La Crosse judge is scheduled for June 22.