A Hattiesburg native will be tried for murder a 2nd time in the death of her stepdaughter.
T’kia Smith Bevily is set to stand trial a second time in Claiborne County in the murder of her 14-month-old stepdaughter Jurayah. Both T’kia Bevily and her husband, Morris Bevily, the child’s biological father, were charged in the 2017 murder. T’kia Bevily stood trial in January, 2021 and was convicted unanimously in the murder. She was sentenced to life without parole, but that conviction was vacated in September, 2021 for jury misconduct after it was discovered that a juror failed to disclose that he was related to the victim. Mrs. Bevily’s 2nd trial is set for May 2nd. Mr. Bevily’s trial is set for May 9th in Claiborne County Circuit Court. T’kia Bevily’s attorney asked for a continuance in the trial, but that request was denied by the presiding judge.
The case has drawn much attention within the Hattiesburg community, with supporters for T’kia clashing on social media with those who believe she’s guilty. The child died from multiple (as many as five) contusions due to blunt force trauma to the head, according to medical examiner reports. According to the medical examiner, and expert pathologist for the prosecution, the injuries, which reportedly occurred on the evening of October 21st or the early morning hours of October 22, 2017, resulted in the death of the child, and would have occurred while the child was in the sole care of the Bevilys.
Get caught-up at the links below:
Tkia Bevily initial interrogation
T’kia Bevily highlight from 2nd Interrogation: https://fb.watch/bmnXMjNYCb/
Morris Bevily full (2) interrogations
Ms Bevily 1st trial transcript can be found in the group here
Ms. Bevily and her brother Chris went on camera to explain the reason a continuance was requested. you can watch that video here.
The Bevilys maintain their innocence in the death of baby Jurayah.