A Mississippi couple has been charged in reference to the killing of 14-month previous Jurayah Smith, who was discovered useless on October 22, 2017.
In response to Claiborne County Sheriff Frank Davis, Morris Bevily IV, 27, and T’Kia Bevily, 25, have been charged with capital homicide and being held on the Claiborne County jail.
Morris and T’Kia, who’re the lady’s father and stepmother, turned themselves in on Monday, April 30.
Davis mentioned it took this lengthy for the couple to be charged as a result of they needed to look ahead to an official post-mortem report from the state crime lab.
The lab launched the outcomes on April 22, the identical day the case was offered to a grand jury.
In response to Davis, lengthy waits for proof from the state crime lab is a Mississippi state-wide drawback resulting from an absence of human assets on the lab.
“It is unhealthy for us as regulation enforcement officers as a result of there is no manner we needs to be ready for this lengthy,” Davis informed the Ledger. “…We’ve got no selection. We simply need to dwell with it as a result of they’re those we now have to offer our instances to.”
Davis hopes the arrests of Morris and T’Kia will present reduction to Jurayah’s mom and the remainder of the little lady’s household.
“The household will obtain some type of satisfaction — although they will by no means be completely glad — understanding the case is offered to the courtroom of regulation and folks will stand trial for this kid’s homicide,” Davis informed the Ledger.
Final 12 months, DeDreuna Smith, who recognized herself because the lady’s mom, streamed a video to Fb on Could 1, 2018, calling for “justice for Jurayah.”
“On the finish of the day, I am unable to get my child again. She ain’t by no means gonna come again,” she mentioned within the video. Days earlier than turning herself in, T’Kia allegedly created a GoFundMe to lift bail. Though the web page has since been deleted, a screenshot from the web page has been shared to social media.
On the web page, the couple maintained their innocence, claiming the lady died from asphyxiation, although the official post-mortem report revealed Jurayah died from blunt pressure trauma.
Relaxation in energy, Jurayah Smith.