Judge convicts man in Illinois child's death - KMOV.com

Judge convicts man in Illinois child's death

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) -- A 26-year-old Decatur, Illinois man faces a sentence of up to 100 years in prison after a judge found him guilty of beating a 6-month-old girl to death.

Macon County Associate Judge Timothy Steadman convicted Emerson Burns of first-degree murder Wednesday after a bench trial. He'll be sentenced July 28.

Burns was accused of killing 6-month-old Amylah Allende-Smith while the baby's mother was at work.

A Decatur newspaper reports that Burns told the police six versions of what happened and blamed her death on three other people. Authorities say he also persuaded several women to lie to police.

The judge called the lies told in the case "disgusting."  Steadman said, "If there were to be an award for lying in this case, it would go to the defendant."


Information from: Herald & Review, http://www.herald-review.com

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