A Detroit man charged in the abduction and slaying of his girlfriend’s 5-year-old niece has been convicted following a second trial.
Cheatham is charged with first-degree murder, torture, arson and other crimes in the death of Mariah Smith.
A jury deadlocked while deliberating the fate of 22-year-old Darnell Cheatham.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friends and family have been gathering at the home of Mariah Smith’s aunt waiting for some news on the little girl.