Man Accused Of Murdering Infant Found Guilty

By: Lanetra Bennett, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, James Buechele Email
By: Lanetra Bennett, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, James Buechele Email
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UPDATE: Lanetra Bennett
March 18, 2015

CAIRO, Ga. -- The district attorney tells Eyewitness News that Marcus Smiley was found guilty in court today.

His sentencing is April 16th.

UPDATED 10:45 p.m.

Wednesday morning the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Marcus Smiley Jr., 29, of Cairo, Georgia.

The arrest stems from the death of 3-month-old Mia Williams back in October. Smiley faces charges of malice murder, aggravated battery and cruelty to children.

GBI agent Steve Turner says Smiley faces an additional count of battery and another count of cruelty to children in a different case from June involving a 7-month-old boy. The infant recovered from his injuries.

Agent Turner says cases like these ones in Cairo Georgia are hard to solve because toddler's can't actually say what happened to them.

"We call it a 'whodunit' homicide," said Turner. When you have find a dead body for example, that dead body can't talk to you. Either you gotta piece the evidence together to find out who's connected to the individual."

Jami Lewis represents the mother of the boy who was allegedly abused by Smiley.

"I was very pleased to hear that Mr. Smiley had been arrested in the case," said Lewis. "This was something that my client had been wanting to happen all along since this incident occurred back in June."

News Release: Georgia Bureau of Investigation

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Cairo Police Department and Grady County Sheriff’s Office arrested Marcus Smiley, Jr., 29 of Cairo, on November 13, 2013 on Harlem Drive at approximately 11:25 am.

Smiley is charged with the October 3rd death of 3-month-old, Mia Williams of Cairo, and charged with Malice Murder, Aggravated Battery and Cruelty to Children.

Smiley is also charged with Aggravated Battery and Cruelty to Children for injuries that a 7-month-old sustained on June 17, 2013.

That child was treated at Archbold Medical Center and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

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