Morris Bevily cleared of his capital murder charge in death of 14-month-old daughter

Published: Jun. 6, 2022 at 7:12 AM CDT
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CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) - The Claiborne County man accused in the death of his 14-month-old daughter has been cleared of his charges.

A judge ordered a status hearing for Morris Bevily after an assistant district attorney asked to dismiss the case against him. A judge approved the motion on Monday.

Bevily said that he was thankful for the judge’s decision, and felt that it was a “blessing from the Lord.” He also expressed gratitude for his family and friends.

“It was tough to see things, to deal with things, deal with slander, but we made it through, and I’m fortunate and grateful for that,” said Bevily.

He was indicted for capital murder in 2019 for the death of Jurayah Smith. His wife, T’Kia, the child’s step-mother, was also charged with capital murder and was found not guilty last month.

“It was just an overall great feeling that we can kind of begin to deal with some of the losses,” Bevily said moments after a judge approved the motion for dismissal. “And, overall, begin to grieve us losing a child...”

“Myself, my wife, my family and friends, we all lost somebody special throughout this situation, and haven’t been able to do that as much. I’m just thankful for the opportunity to move forward on with our lives and to be able to do that.”

He described the past few years as a “struggle,” but said he tried to remain positive and confident.

The motion for dismissal said the state does not have enough evidence to prosecute Morris Bevily.

However, the capital murder charge is being dismissed without prejudice, meaning the charges could be brought back if new evidence emerges.

On Tuesday, Bevily’s legal team is expected to file a petition for an expungement on his behalf.

WLBT has reached out to the DA’s office for a comment and are waiting to hear back.

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