CLEVELAND — After deliberating for about one day, the jury has reached a verdict in the murder trial of 4-year-old Aniya Day-Garrett's mother, Sierra Day and her mother's boyfriend, Deonte Lewis.
The jury found both Day and Lewis guilty on all eight counts, including the aggravated murder of Aniya Day-Garrett. READ MORE HERE.
In Day 5 of the trial Wednesday, during closing arguments, Day’s defense lawyer argued that the evidence shows that Day did not purposefully or intentionally cause the death of her daughter.
“Is there a sinister motive in the things that she said and did? Is there a sinister motive in how she acted and responded? Or, is she a young lady that operates in the bottom 3 percent of our population? Is she a young lady with such cognitive difficulties that she doesn’t understand some of those things?” Day’s defense attorney said.
Lewis’ attorney defended her client by trying to pin Aniya’s death solely on her mother.
“He didn’t want this child to die, that’s why when he found her unresponsive, he called 911, he wanted to save her life,” said Lewis’ defense attorney during closing arguments Wednesday.
Prosecutors argued that both Day and Lewis failed the little girl when they abused her and left her to die in a Euclid apartment last March.
“Ladies and gentlemen, Sierra Day failed miserably in the care of her only child…Deonte Lewis failed miserably as her stepfather, her father, her whatever title he gave himself and he failed as a human being,” one state prosecutor said during closing arguments.
After closing arguments, the jury began deliberations. At about 4:30 p.m., court officials announced that the jury had finished deliberations for the day, and they would resume Thursday morning at 9 a.m. The jury resumed deliberations Thursday morning, breaking for lunch for one hour.