Man who withdrew plea, found guilty in toddler’s drowning

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OTTAWA, Ohio – An Ohio man who withdrew a guilty plea after serving part of a life sentence in the drowning of his 1-year-old son has been found guilty in a jury trial.

Michael Luebrecht and his attorney argued medications he was taking for mental health issues contributed to the 2005 killing.

A jury in Ottawa on Friday found Luebrecht guilty of aggravated murder. He will be sentenced Monday.

Luebrecht testified he didn't remember much in the months before he killed his son Joel, but said he recalls killing him.

The boy's mother testified she blamed doctors who kept changing her husband's medication.

A judge last May allowed Luebrecht to withdraw the guilty plea he made about a decade ago, based on psychiatric testimony and evidence that his medications were reported to cause homicidal thoughts.

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