RIP baby Zoe!
A former Jackson police detective is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Via ClarionLedger reports:
After an emotional trial that lasted nearly two weeks, a jury early Thursday evening found Natyyo Gray guilty of capital murder in the death of his 1-year-old daughter Zoe.
“This was certainly a horrible, horrible thing,” Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith said after the verdict was issued. “It’s kind of hard to describe how this could have possibly been at the hands of the father.”
Prosecutors delivered their closing arguments with an image of a smiling, healthy Zoe shown on the projector as they spoke, a stark contrast from the gruesome images they showed of Zoe Brown’s mangled body earlier in the trial.
At the time of her death, Zoe had sustained bruises to her forehead, back and pelvis, along with extensive abdominal bruising and a large hematoma on the top of her head. She also had a lacerated liver and pancreas and was bleeding from her anus. An autopsy determined she bled to death after being beaten.
In his closing arguments, Assistant District Attorney Jamie McBride repeatedly asked jurors to put “the animal” who hurt her behind bars.
“He beat the tar out of that little baby,” McBride said grimly.
But his attorney has pledged to appeal the ruling.
“It will definitely be appealed. We feel there are issues of the law that need to be addressed by the Mississippi Supreme Court in this matter.”
He would not elaborate on what those issues were, adding only that there were “numerous” things that the high court should look at.
While waiting for jurors to return a verdict, Gray sat quietly, his hands folded in his lap.
Later, as bailiffs escorted him from the courtroom, Gray turned calmly to someone in the audience and said, “I’ll see you.”
He should be put down immediately. His incarceration will cost taxpayers thousands of dollars depending on how long he lives. 20 years will cost close to a million dollars. One shot would be perfect. What do prisoners think of baby killers, especially ex cops?