Marcus Bernard Smiley Junior was convicted in Cairo,Ga. court on Wednesday, for killing a three month old baby, and causing a brain injury to a seven-month old, according to the office of Joe Mulholland, district attorney for the South Georgia Judicial Circuit.
Smiley,31, was found guilty of one count of Malice Murder, one count of Felony Murder, two counts of Cruelty to Children in the First Degree, and two counts of Aggravated Battery. Malice Murder carries a mandatory life sentence.
This case began in 2013 when two children in the care of Smiley on two different occasions were severely physically abused. This abuse resulted in the death of an infant, three months of age, and permanent brain injury for a seven month old baby. The incidents happened in June and October of 2013; Smiley was arrested in November 2013.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agents, Lindsay H. Marchant and Kristen Perry, worked together with Cairo Police Department investigators, physicians, and Department of Family and Children personnel to investigate this case. Evidence showed that Smiley caused cruel, excessive, physical pain by inflicting blunt force head trauma, resulting in multiple skull fractures and hemorrhaging of the muscles between the babies’ ribs.
“We were very fortunate to impanel such a diligent and attentive jury,” said District Attorney Joseph K. Mulholland. “It was very clear how serious they took their duty during the course of the trial. I would also be remiss if I didn’t give my thanks to the brave mothers of these innocent children who testified against the defendant. They were forced to relive these injuries to their babies in front of a courtroom of strangers. Through it all they handled themselves with grace. I pray for them and their families and hope that they can sleep easier knowing that this monster will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.”
Smiley is set to appear before Judge A. Wallace Cato on April 16, 2015 in Grady County Superior Court for sentencing.