“I don’t think she should be tried as an adult and go to adult jail,” said a tearful Haneefa Ray, the mother of both the toddler and the teen.
DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory A. Adams said he didn’t believe he had the discretion to send the case back to a juvenile court.
“We believe that reducing the charge from murder to manslaughter is a major concession,” said DeKalb County Assistant District Attorney Darius Pattillo.
Without the deal, Ty’Aisa Jackson could face life if convicted as an adult at trial early next year on murder, aggravated assault, making false statements and first-degree child cruelty charges for the Nov. 19 stabbing death of Sasha Lamaya Ray. (Though Jackson was 13 at the time of her arrest, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is identifying her because she is being tried as an adult.)
On Wednesday afternoon, DeKalb County public defender Melanie Williams declined the reduced charges offer.
“The 20 to serve 10 is not consistent with what my client feels comfortable with, and certainly it isn’t consistent with what the mother and step-father of my client and the parents of the victim would like to see happen today,” Williams told Judge Adams.
During the hearing, Jackson cried as prosecutors describe the wounds she had inflicted on her sister’s chest, stomach and the defensive wounds on her hands.
“She stabbed her seven times,” said DeKalb County Assistant District Attorney Darius Pattillo. “The child suffered. The victim weighed 29 pounds and she fought for her life.”
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