Jurayah Smith Murder Charge Against Morris Bevily Dismissed

Morris Bevily speaks during a press conference

A Mississippi man was formally cleared of a longstanding capital homicide cost over the loss of life of his daughter on Monday.

Based on courtroom paperwork obtained by Laurel, Miss. NBC/ABC affiliate WDAM, twenty second Circuit Court docket Assistant District Legal professional Patrick E. Beasley filed a movement to dismiss the case towards Morris Bevily on Friday, June 3, 2022, citing inadequate proof to prosecute.

That movement was authorized by a choose in Claiborne County on Monday, June 6, 2022, in accordance with Jackson, Miss. NBC affiliate WLBT.

“We had agreed with the state that they didn’t have any proof to show guilt of Morris Bevily on this case and the case must be dismissed, and the choose agreed and dismissed the case,” protection lawyer Tom Fortner mentioned throughout a short press convention after the fees towards his consumer have been dropped.

Bevily mentioned he felt “grateful” to have the ordeal over and described the tip of his years-long authorized battle as a “blessing from the Lord.”

The now-former defendant additionally thanked his spouse, household, mates, and attorneys for his or her steadfast help all through the method.

“It was simply an total nice feeling that we are able to type of start to cope with among the losses,” Bevily went on. “And, total, start to grieve us shedding a baby. Myself, my spouse, household, mates, all of us misplaced anyone particular on this, all through the state of affairs, and haven’t been in a position to try this as a lot. So, I’m simply grateful for the chance to maneuver ahead, on with our lives, and have the ability to do this.”

Bevily’s daughter, 14-month-old Jurayah Smith, died in late 2017.

In late 2019, Morris Bevily and his spouse T’Kia Bevily, Jurayah’s stepmother, turned themselves in after being charged with capital homicide.

T’Kia Bevily was afterwards tried twice for the infant lady’s loss of life.

The primary trial, in Claiborne County, resulted in a conviction. T’Kia Bevily appealed her conviction and sentence as a result of a relative of the deceased little one was a member of the jury who didn’t disclose his relationship. The re-trial was then moved to Monroe County, some 4 hours away, as a result of the protection argued that the unique setting would have precluded towards the defendant receiving a good trial.

Investigators and prosecutors alleged that Smith died of blunt power trauma to the pinnacle that was sustained whereas she was with the couple on the day in query. Through the second trial, the state supplied a story that the lady’s motive for killing the lady was as a result of caring for the kid stood in the best way of her “American dream.”

The protection disputed all of that.

Professional testimony muddied the waters as to the kid’s explanation for loss of life–with two docs telling the jurors {that a} cranium fracture sustained by the lady was seemingly too outdated to have brought on her loss of life. Protection lawyer Dennis Candy mentioned the stepmother needed to take care of Jurayah Smith–that she was completely happy to have the ability to help her husband and his household. The protection additionally raised questions concerning the timeline of the lady’s alleged blunt power accidents and who may need really brought on them, declaring that no less than 10 different folks have been across the lady instantly earlier than the Bevilys picked her up on the day she died.

These efforts by the protection have been sufficient.


T’Kia Bevily along with her attorneys after being acquitted of murdering stepdaughter.

T’Kia Bevily was acquitted final month.

“After I heard Choose Irving say ‘not responsible,’ I used to be type of in shock a bit bit,” she advised WLBT. “After which when it actually hit me, I broke down.”

Now, lower than a month later, the cost towards Morris Bevily has been dismissed.

He mentioned the allegations have been a “battle” and that the reputational harm he and his spouse suffered was “troublesome to cope with.” He additionally described the case towards them each as “slander.”

“At the moment is the tip,” Morris Bevily’s different protection lawyer Anthony Heidelberg mentioned. “He can say, in his coronary heart, ‘I’m free from all this. I’m finished with all this. And I’m shifting ahead from all of this.”

Whereas a major victory, there’s one caveat.

The husband’s case was dismissed with out prejudice, which means prosecutors may select to re-file prices towards him sooner or later.

[Images via screengrab/WLBT]

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