A status conference is scheduled today in Westmoreland County Court in the appeal of Clayton Mibroda of his murder conviction for the killing of his infant daughter in 2011.
The 32-year-old Mibroda was found guilty in 2013 of inflicting fatal injuries to his 20-day-old daughter, Natalee, at their Bolivar home. The baby was pronounced dead at the Indiana Regional Medical Center on December 27th, 2011.
Mibroda has been denied multiple times in appeals of his conviction. He claims the baby’s mother, Kayla Lichtenfels, is to blame for the death. Last year, he appealed again to Judge Christopher Feliciani for a reconsideration of his case, based on a letter he got last February from Brandon Green, an Indiana man who is in prison for aggravated assault of his stepson in 2015. Green, who had a previous relationship with Lichtenfels, claimed in the letter that he had information that would exonerate Mibroda.
In July, Judge Feliciani appointed attorney Tim Andrews to investigate Green’s claim, while also informing Mibroda that he is not entitled to representation at the public’s expense, so he must either hire a private attorney or represent himself in court. Andrews was told to ascertain whether or not Mibroda’s former attorneys had ever interviewed Green, and what information Green had that was relevant to the case.
Mibroda is serving fifteen to thirty years for third degree murder. The status conference today is at 1:30 PM.