'I think they need to go back to jail’: Mom outraged after father, stepmother accused of her child’s murder released on bond

Updated: May. 13, 2019 at 9:02 PM CDT
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CLAIBORNE COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - A Claiborne County mom is outraged after learning the people accused of her toddler’s murder are out on bond.

Jurayah Smith died October 22, 2017, while in the care of her father and stepmother.

Morris Bevily IV and Tkia Bevily are charged with capital murder in her death. They were previously being held on a $1 million bond.

Jurayah’s mother, Dedreuna Smith, and the attorney for the couple accused of her murder have since spoken out.

Smith and her family now wear ‘Justice for Jurayah’ bracelets everywhere they go to let people know that even though the 14-month-old is gone, she will never be forgotten.

“Not to have her here and just to look at videos, it is just unspeakable,” said Smith.

Jurayah’s aunt Aijalon Barnes couldn’t agree more. “Nothing will ever replace her memory,” she said.

Morris and TKia turned themselves in to Claiborne County officials late last month and were charged with capital murder. They were each given $1 million bond and have since been released.

Smith is furious about the news.

“I think they need to go back to jail, honestly, I think they need to go back," said Smith. “I don’t mean to be harsh, but I think it’s unfair that they get to enjoy their family.”

The Bevily’s attorney Tony Heidelberg says while they are out on bond, the judge tacked on lots of stipulations, including requiring them to wear an ankle monitoring bracelet and forbidding them to be around children.

“We are still in shock over the indictment, they are in shock after having to spend a week in jail. They are in shock they are accused of killing or harming their baby. They are innocent people, that is the simple point about it, they are innocent people. They are allowing the justice system to prevail and not having court before the trial,” said Attorney Heidelberg.

Heidelberg says a trial in this case is scheduled for January 2020.

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