Two guilty in shooting death of Inkster 2-year-old

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

Detroit — Two men were found guilty Thursday in the execution-style shooting of a 2-year-old Inkster girl last summer.

Raymone Jackson, 24, and his co-defendant Raphael Hearn, 24, were convicted on all counts in the case by a Wayne County jury. The case was tried before Wayne County Circuit Judge Ulysses Boykin.

The pair were charged in the fatal death of Kamiya Gross in July. Prosecutors say the shooting was an act of revenge exacted against her father, Kenneth French, in retaliation for a shooting three months earlier involving one of the defendants charged in the case, said the prosecutor handling the case.

French was also wounded in the shooting at a public housing complex on Carlyle Street. Another child, 12-year-old Chelsea Lancaster, also was shot during the incident.

Authorities say Jackson carried out the shooting on behalf of Hearn.

During a hearing in the case in July just days after the shooting, French described in detail how he watched his young daughter get shot.

“His idea was to kill my baby to make me suffer,” French said of Jackson. The 28-pound toddler was shot in the eye outside her father’s apartment around 8:30 p.m. July 1.

A witness to the shooting said Jackson, wearing sunglasses, calmly walked up and said “What’s up?” before turning and firing on the toddler, French and Lancaster.

Jurors deliberated three hours before returning their verdict against the two men.

Jackson and Hearn will be sentenced March 24.

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