NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A man convicted of killing a toddler in East Tennessee is out of prison.
The conviction led to changes in Tennessee state law.
The Tennessee Department of Corrections says 48-year-old Kerry Phillip Bowers served more than 26 years of a 36 year sentence at West Tennessee State Penitentiary.
Bowers was convicted of second degree murder in the killing of 2-year-old Scotty Trexler in 1987.
Back then state law required intent for a first degree murder charge.
"Trexler's Law," which passed in 1988, now requires a first degree murder charge for anyone suspected of killing a child through abuse.