INKSTER (WWJ) – First-degree murder among the charges filed against two men in the murder of a 2-year-old Inkster girl.

Inkster District Judge Sabrina Johnson ruled Wednesday that there’s enough evidence to try 25-year-old Raymone Jackson in the killing of KaMiya Gross and the wounding of her father and a 12-year-old girl.

The judge ordered a competency hearing for 29-year-old co-defendant Raphael Hearn, who’s also charged with first-degree murder.

During the hearing, Kenneth French, the girl’s father, talked about the moments leading up to the shooting.

“When you see him you don’t think there’s anything wrong, right?” asks the defense attorney.

“No,” said French.

“You get up off the porch, correct?” asked the defense attorney.

“And I go greet him,” said French. “Like, what’s up my baby, how you doin’, and he starts shooting.”

“And he pulls out a gun and he starts shooting right?” asks the attorney.

“Yeah,” said French.

“Directly at you, correct,” stated the attorney.

“No, he was shooting at everybody on the porch,” answered French.

French told the judge and attorneys that the shooting was an act of retaliation:

“The idea was to kill my baby and make me suffer before he killed me,” he said.

“Answer my question,” said the defense attorney.

In a heated tone French responded,”I just answered your question.”

“It was random shooting?” asked the attorney.

“His idea was to kill my baby before he killed me to make me suffer – that’s the answer to your question!” yelled French.

“Who told you that?” asked the attorney.

“It was on Facebook,” said the dad.

Both Jackson, the alleged gunman, and Hearn have been charged with first-degree murder, and other charges including torture and felony firearm counts.

The Detroit News reported that the Wayne County Medical Examiner Carl Schmidt testified that KaMiya died from a gunshot to her right eye.

KaMiya was buried Saturday on what would have been her third birthday.



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