An attorney for Tiffani Calise reportedly filed an appeal Monday seeking to reverse her murder conviction or grant her a new trial in the 2010 death of toddler Aaliyah Ali, saying the trial judge mistakenly excluded testimony from a defense expert in brain injuries.
Calise’s appeal, citing 18 additional claims of trial error, was filed in Akron’s 9th District Court of Appeals.
The defense expert, John D. Lloyd, a senior researcher in traumatic brain injuries at James A. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital in Tampa, Fla., testified in a pretrial hearing that he believed the forces created by a slip and fall in a bathtub were strong enough to cause the head injuries that killed Aaliyah.
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