Women Found Guilty in 19-Month-Old Child's Death
Tulsa jurors found two women accused of the death of an infant two years ago guilty, this afternoon.
Mica Shoate and Jazmin Williams have been in court proceedings for two weeks after being accused of murder after 19-month-old Zamontay Green was found unresponsive in their car two years ago.
Jurors returned with the guilty verdict after deliberating this afternoon. Shoate and Williams were found guilty for child abuse murder and child neglect. They will face life without parole for the murder charges.
Sentencing for Shoate and Williams is scheduled for April 14.
Defense attorneys told jurors that Shoate and WIlliams were first-time parents and had hopes of adopting the child.
The two women were reportedly friends of the baby's mother and took custody of him after she moved to Arkansas.
Prosecutors argued that the women did not appear emotional during the time of the incident, citing a police officer and witnesses.
"Today is, today's justice. I'm really happy with that," said Mitchell Helberg. He was the TPD officer who pulled over the car that had the lifeless little boy in the back seat.
"I felt his foot and it was so cold, it was very cold. I moved my hand to his heart and I felt nothing," he said.
Zamontay green was just a year and a half old, a short life with a long list of abuse.
"He literally had injuries to every part of his body. All sides of his head and face and back and arms and abdomen. The inside of his eyeballs were bruised. His abdomen was bruised all the way down to the soft tissue and the muscles, and in the back and in the arms. He really had been tortured," said Assistant District Attorney Sarah McAmis.
On the night they found him, officers tried desperately to revive him.
"We worked CPR on the trunk of the car," said Helberg.
But it was too late. Zamontay was dead. The women who were supposedly his caretakers, have now been convicted as his killers.
"They never showed an ounce of remorse throughout these proceedings, and in fact the only time they began to cry was when their sentences were announced," said McAmis.
"It's difficult. It's so hard to just be able to like look at a little boy that is so innocent and to look at just evil," said Helberg.