Mariah Smith

Darnell Cheatham court

Life, No Parole For Man In 5-Year-Old Girl’s Rape, Murder

A Detroit man convicted in the abduction and slaying of his girlfriend’s 5-year-old niece will spend the rest of his life in prison.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/10/2015

Darnell Cheatham. (Booking photo)

Man Convicted In Murder, Rape Of Girlfriend’s 5-Year-Old Neice

A Detroit man charged in the abduction and slaying of his girlfriend’s 5-year-old niece has been convicted following a second trial.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/10/2014

Darnell Cheatham court

New Trial Set For Detroit Man In Rape, Murder Of 5-Year-Old Girl

Cheatham is charged with first-degree murder, torture, arson and other crimes in the death of Mariah Smith.

CBS Detroit–08/01/2014

Darnell Cheatham. (Booking photo)

Mistrial For Detroit Man In Rape, Murder Of 5-Year-Old Girl

A jury deadlocked while deliberating the fate of 22-year-old Darnell Cheatham.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/29/2014

Darnell Cheatham. (Booking photo)

Detroit Man Headed To Trial In Murder, Rape Of 5-Year-Old Girl

A trial is scheduled to begin in the case of a Detroit man accused of abducting, raping and killing his girlfriend’s 5-year-old niece.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/14/2014

Mariah Smith

Mariha Smith Funeral Friday

Five-year-old Mariha Smith will be buried, Friday, nearly two weeks after her burned body was found in an abandoned house in Detroit, about a mile from her home.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/05/2011


Reward For Tips In Mariha Smith Case

A big reward has been posted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for information in connection to the death of 5-year-old Mariah Smith.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/04/2011

Balloons are placed at the home of Mariah Smith. (WWJ: Stephanie Davis)

Family Held Out Hope For 5-Year-Old Mariha

Family and friends continue to stop by the house offering condolences to the family or leave a note or item in memory of 5-year-old Mariah.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/29/2011

5-year-old Mariha Smith went missing from this home. (WWJ Beth Fisher)

Friends And Family Gather At Home Of Missing Girl

Friends and family have been gathering at the home of Mariah Smith’s aunt waiting for some news on the little girl.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/25/2011