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Akron man found guilty of killing 4-year-old girl with AK-47

Posted at 5:35 PM, Oct 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-05 17:49:27-04

A 32-year-old man who shot and killed a 4-year-old girl on Akron's west side in mid-February was found guilty of murder on Friday.

Darnell Bitting, of Georgia Street in Akron, was found guilty on two counts of murder and six counts of felonious assault, according to the Summit County Prosecutor's Office.

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On the night of Feb. 16, authorities say 4-year-old Janaya Swain was sitting in a car with her grandmother and three other sisters. According to police, the girl's mother told them she went to the house to retrieve some property.

According to authorities, Bitting came out of the residence armed with an AK-47 and fired a shot that hit the car. The grandmother —who was in the passenger seat at the time — climbed into the driver's seat and drove away, only to discover the 4-year-old had been struck by a bullet.

The child was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

Bitting was later arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service.

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Biting is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 10 for sentencing.