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Mathews woman convicted of murder loses appeal

Mathews woman convicted of murder loses appeal

A 48-year-old Mathews woman serving consecutive life sentences for killing her two young children lost her bid to overturn her convictions.

The Daily Comet reports the Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday rejected Amy T. Hebert's claims that her trial attorney provided a constitutionally inadequate defense in 2009. The court, in an unsigned opinion, concluded that Hebert also failed to show her appeals attorneys ignored issues and that there was no "reasonable probability" she would have won on appeal if her attorneys had raised other issues.

A jury in Thibodaux found Hebert, who is serving her sentence at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel, guilty in 2009 of Camille, 9, and son Braxton, 7, at their home.

Hebert pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Jurors declined to impose a death sentence sought by prosecutors.

The court cited 17th Judicial District Judge Jeromme J. Barbera III's ruling in 2014, which denied Hebert's request to overturn her first-degree murder conviction and sentence, in the decision.

Barbera concluded that “defense counsel used their experience and training in the most skillful manner to properly defend the petitioner against the charge.”