MANHATTAN (WPIX/AP) -- A federal judge on Friday ordered a new trial for a self-made healthcare millionaire who was convicted six years ago of fatally drugging her 8-year-old developmentally disabled child in a luxury New York City hotel room in 2010.
The ruling by Manhattan Federal Magistrate Judge Sarah Cave stems from a 2014 closed courtroom discussion that was requested by the lead prosecutor in the case. Cave determined the off-the-record exchange regarding online material had violated Gigi Jordan's Sixth Amendment right to a public trial.
At the time, one of Jordan's lawyers repeatedly objected to the private discussion. Prosecutors plan to appeal the recent decision.
The New York Daily News reports the non-verbal boy died inside their luxury hotel room at the Peninsula Hotel between Feb. 3 and Feb. 5, 2010, after Jordan injected him with a fatal cocktail of prescription drugs, police and prosecutors said.
She jammed a syringe containing a deadly cocktail of painkillers, tranquilizers, and sleeping pills mixed with alcohol and orange juice down the boy's throat, the Daily News reports. Jordan claimed she then took a cocktail of drugs herself. Jordan was sentenced to 18 years in prison in May 2015 after being convicted of first-degree manslaughter.