Claiborne County Circuit Court Judge Tamika Irving sentenced T’Kia Bevily to life without the possibility of parole for the murder of her toddler step-daughter.
Bevily was convicted of capital murder last week of the October 2017 slaying of 14-month-old Jurayah Smith. The long-awaited trial lasted five days, where prosecutors showed that Jurayah’s death was the result of multiple blunt force traumas to her head.
District Attorney Daniella M. Shorter chose not to seek the death penalty, asking instead for life without the possibility of parole.
“I could not be prouder of my prosecution team which brought Jurayah’s murderer to justice,” Shorter said. “Now Jurayah’s family can finally have some peace knowing that T’Kia Bevily will be in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.”
The troubling case has gained attention in the national media, among social media influencers and all across the internet. In April of 2019, popular blog Young LA joined the fight for #justiceforjurayah.
Jurayah’s father, Morris Bevily IV, was originally scheduled to stand trial on Monday but has been delayed. A new date has not yet been announced.