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The State

An attorney for a Turlock woman convicted of second-degree murder for acting as an unlicensed midwife at the stillborn death of a baby last year said he plans to appeal the verdict. Richard Murphy said he will file the formal notice of appeal in Stanislaus County Superior Court before the May 15 sentencing date for Rosalie Tarpening, 62. A 10-woman, two-man jury returned the second-degree murder verdict against Tarpening, a licensed physical therapist, after three days of deliberations following a seven-day trial. The jury also found Tarpening guilty of one felony and three misdemeanor counts of practicing medicine without a license and one misdemeanor count of possession of a hypodermic needle.


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