Jury deliberations begin for men accused of killing Inkster toddler

Jury deliberations are set to begin Thursday in the trial of two men accused of murdering a 2-year old girl who died in her father's arms.

The child, 2-year-old Kamiya Gross, was shot at point-blank range last July in Inkster in what police call a premeditated murder stemming from a feud.

In Wednesday's closing arguments the defense urged the jury to keep their sympathy out of their decision and base it on the facts.

The jury heard the tape of the 911 call from the scene: "Someone just drove by and shot an innocent little baby in the street," said the caller. "Oh my God oh my God, please hurry up." 

Prosecutors wanted the jury to think back to that day where they claim in act of revenge Raymone Jackson shot and killed Gross and wounded her father, Kenneth French and a 12 year-old girl who tried to escape the gunfire.

As the three sat outside the apartment in the 30000 block of Carlysle Street that summer day, police say Jackson purposely walked up and shot the toddler first - so it would be the last image her father would see..

"I want you to think about how deliberate this was," said Jaime Powell Horowitz, assistant Wayne County prosecutor in court. "This little girl posed no threat to this man. He walked up to her and executed her."

A premeditated murder according to Horawitz, stemming from bad blood between French and Raphael Hearn who is charged with helping Jackson commit the crime. Allegedly they talked on text in the days leading up to that fateful day.

"Jackson is talking about how 'We're going to get him, we're going to get him," Horowitz said. "And Hearn keeps talking to him about the shooting."

Defense attorneys for both Jackson and Hearn wanted the jury to just concentrate on only the facts.

"What has to happen here is there has to be an objective look at the evidence," said Evan Callanan, defense attorney. 

Callanan never questioned that the men were there, but whether it was premeditated. 

Although Hearns drove Jackson to that public housing complex that day, his defense attorney claims Hearns had no idea what he planned to do.

"If you're in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Matthew Evans. "Even if you knew, that's not enough to convict Mr. Hearn of being guilty of this crime." 
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