Murder charges against MIT alum dropped

Murder charges against MIT alum dropped

Prosecutors dropped a murder charge against former Media Lab employee Geoffrey V. Wilson ’02 on Sept. 18. Wilson, who had been free on bail, was accused of shaking his baby to death in 2010.

According to The Boston Globe, the state medical examiner and prosecutors obtained new information about the family’s medical history. Wilson’s lawyer stated in August that both the baby’s mother and grandmother had a rare genetic condition that made them susceptible to blood vessel ruptures as a result of weakness in collagen. The name of the condition was undisclosed.

After review of genetic tests and medical records, the medical examiner’s office changed the baby’s cause of death to “could not be determined,” and the charges against Wilson were dropped.

—Amy Wang