Guilty verdict for Mich. man accused of revenge killing of girl, 2

FILE-- In a July 16, 2014 file photo, Raymone Jackson listens in court as he hears testimony during a hearing before Judge Sabrina Johnson in Inkster, Mich. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Charles V. Tines, File, Pool)

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A jury in Detroit reached a guilty verdict Thursday against an ex-convict who authorities say killed a 2-year-old girl in front of her father in a revenge attack.

A Wayne County Circuit Court jury found Raymone Jackson, 26, guilty of first-degree murder in the July 1, 2014, shooting of Kamiya Gross outside a house in suburban Inkster.

“His idea was to kill my baby to make me suffer,” Kenneth French, Kamiya’s father, told the judge before the sentencing.

The jury also convicted Raphael Hearn, 30 of first-degree murder. Prosecutors said Hearn helped Jackson plan and carry out the attack.

Authorities say Jackson shot Kamiya in the head, then wounded French and a 13-year-old girl. Authorities have said that the attack was retaliation for an earlier shooting in which French was considered responsible.

Judge Ulysses Boykin scheduled their sentencing March 24. First-degree murder carries mandatory life in prison without parole.

At the time of the shooting, county Prosecutor Kym Worthy said “the deliberate shooting that killed an infant and injured a young girl” was “among the most heinous that I have ever seen.”

 

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