NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gigi Jordan, a former pharmaceutical executive and socialite, was found guilty of manslaughter Wednesday in the 2010 death of her autistic son.
In a victory for the defense, the jury did not find Jordan guilty of the top count of murder, but instead convicted her of first-degree manslaughter as a result of extreme emotional disturbance, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.
Jurors spent days reviewing evidence that showed what Jordan’s state of mind was at the time she killed her 8-year-old son, Jude Mirra. The jury found that she had reason to believe that her ex-husband was going to kill her and that the boy’s biological father, who she claimed sexually abused Jude for years, would gain custody of the child. She claimed she killed her son to spare him from a lifetime of “unimaginable suffering.”