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After 2015 Sexual Assault, Murder Of Jourdin A’Legacy Smith, Justice Served

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Jamarkus Smith, 31, was found guilty of first-degree murder, taking indecent liberties with a child, intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury, felonious child abuse and two counts of sex offense with a child by an adult in the death of his daughter, Jourdin A’Legacy Smith.

Parents sent to prison in 2015 Fayetteville slaying, sex assault of 3-year-old daughter

Cumberland County, NC  –  A Fayetteville mother and father were sent to prison Monday for the 2015 sexual abuse and death of their malnourished 3-year-old daughter.

After a week of testimony and just over four hours of deliberation, a Cumberland County jury found Jamarkus Smith, 31, guilty of first-degree murder, taking indecent liberties with a child, intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury, felonious child abuse and two counts of sex offense with a child by an adult in the death of his daughter, Jourdin A’Legacy Smith.

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Octavia Bennett-Smith, 32, a former Fort Bragg Army sergeant, pleaded guilty in December 2019.

Jourdin’s mother and Smith’s wife, Octavia Bennett-Smith, 32, a former Fort Bragg Army sergeant, pleaded guilty in December 2019.

Testimony in Smith’s trial began July 19, with closing arguments on Friday.

Following the jury verdict, Smith professed his innocence when he addressed the court before sentencing.

“I showed them I was innocent,” he said.  “They know I’m innocent, and you know I’m innocent.  Everybody here knows.  How is that right?  At what point is the legal system about justice?”

No statements were made on behalf of Jourdin before Judge Claire Hill sentenced Smith to life imprisonment for the murder and a combined 25 to 35 years for the other charges. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for life.

Smith’s attorney, Kris Poppe, said his client plans to appeal the verdict.

As Smith was escorted from the courtroom Monday, he turned to two women in the gallery who appeared to be there on his behalf and said, “I didn’t do it.”

“I know you didn’t baby,” one of the women said.  “He didn’t do that.  I don’t care what nobody says.  He didn’t do it.”

According to the child’s autopsy report, the cause of death was pneumonia in the setting of malnutrition, neglect and sexual abuse.   She weighed just 28 pounds at the time of her death, and her body and genitals were riddled with lacerations and contusions, the report said.

Bennett-Smith’s sentencing came some 30 minutes after her husband’s.

Her defense attorney, Antonio Gerald, called Jourdin’s death a tragedy.

Gerald said that Bennett-Smith accepted responsibility for her role in Jourdin’s death and “agreed to testify and assist in any way to help bring justice for Jourdin.”

Bennett-Smith did not speak during the hearing but cried as she was sentenced to a minimum term 10 years, five months, and a maximum of 13 years, six months for the second-degree murder charge.

The judge declined Gerald’s request for a consolidated sentence and instead stacked the sentence for the other charges.

For the child abuse and sexual assault charges, she received a consecutive minimum sentence of four years, four months, and a maximum of more than 10 years in prison.  She will be required to register as a sex offender for 30 years after release.

The judge also recommended a psychological evaluation for Bennett-Smith.

Gerald said that the court heard during her testimony at Smith’s trial that she was also a victim of assault as a child.

“These are not excuses for her actions of what she has pled guilty to, but only to shed some light as to what may have led her to be in this courtroom today,” he said.

TX AG FAU Stop Female Child Predator And 3 More Fugitives

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TX AG Fugitive Apprehension Unit Stop Female Child Predator, Violent Fugitives

AG Paxton’s Law Enforcement Round Up

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week:

In Dallas County, Jorge Antonio Cervantes was arrested in Dallas on July 21, on an outstanding warrant for Sexual Assault issued by the Waxahachie Police Department.

In Bexar County, Nicole Kristina Clayton was arrested in San Antonio on July 16, on an outstanding warrant for Sex Offense Against Child Fondling – Felony Indecency with a Child/Sexual Contact issued by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.  This arrest was made while working in conjunction with the United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of San Antonio.

In Travis County, Milo Cortez Douglas was arrested in Austin on July 19, on an outstanding warrant for Murder issued by the Austin Police Department.  This arrest was made while working in conjunction with the United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of Austin.

In Dallas County, Facundo Dario Araya was arrested in Irving on July 20, on an outstanding warrant for Sexual Assault of a Child issued by the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

TX Attorney General Still Fighting‎ Medicaid Fraud

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Big Pharma pays price for reporting inflated drug prices.

Paxton Recovers $26 Million for the State of Texas, Medicaid Program

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton resolved an enforcement action against pharmaceutical manufacturer Apotex for reporting inflated drug prices to the Texas Medicaid program.  Under the agreement, Apotex will pay Texas $26 million to resolve claims against it.

This settlement is the latest recovery in price reporting cases the Attorney General has brought under the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act since 1999, resulting in a cumulative recovery for Texas taxpayers of over $2.3 billion.

“Thanks to our Civil Medicaid Fraud Division’s commitment to Texas taxpayers, identifying and preventing Medicaid fraud continues to be a top priority in my office,” Attorney General Paxton said.  “We will not allow pharmaceutical companies to take advantage of vulnerable Texans, and we will continue to be vigilant in cracking down on any abuse of this important program.”

Read the agreement here.

TX AG Units Stop Child Trafficker, Violent Fugitives

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TX AG Units Stop Child Trafficker, Violent Fugitives

AG Paxton’s Law Enforcement Round Up

The Human Trafficking Unit made a noteworthy arrest last week.

In Smith County, on June 3, Brandon Lee Mon Johnson, 25, of Tyler was arrested for Continuous Trafficking of a Person.  Johnson was taken into custody after he was found with a minor who was believed to be a victim of domestic sex trafficking.  The investigation confirmed that Johnson had been sex trafficking the minor, and Johnson was transported to the Smith County Jail.  This arrest was made while working with the United States Marshal’s Task Force in Tyler.

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week.

In Travis County, Evan Lee Stough was arrested in Austin on June 2.  Stough was convicted in 2013 of Activities Relating to Material Constituting or Containing Child Pornography Felony in Bexar County.  Stough violated his probation, and the United States Marshals Service issued a corresponding Probation Violation – Obscenity warrant. This arrest was made while working with United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of Austin.

In Harris County, Melvin Kimble Jr. was arrested in Houston on June 1.  In 1988, Kimble was convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault and Robbery in Harris County and was sentenced to 45 years in prison.  Kimble violated the terms of his parole by being involved in an alleged assault and TDCJ issued a corresponding Parole Violation warrant.

A Prime Example Of The Need For A Death Penalty

 

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This evil Sewer Rat should have his cell door welded closed, so he is never near another Child again.

Oklahoma man found guilty of disturbing
case of Child Abuse

NORMAN, OK  –  An Oklahoma man has been convicted of several counts of child abuse and sexual assault after he reportedly fled to Hong Kong to avoid the charges.

WARNING  –  This is more than “disturbing”, this is just more proof of the growing evil, sadistic abuse being inflicted on Our Children day after day.  BUT, this is nothing new apparently, since the Justice Department sent a very detailed REPORT TO CONGRESS, August 2010… Just another Brick In The Wall for this Legacy Of Failure.
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In 2019, Jose Perez Manarang, Jr. was arrested after shocking allegations of child abuse surfaced.

According to court documents, “Manarang would put a plastic trash bag and tie it off around [the child’s] neck until [they] ‘about died.’”

Norman Man Flees To Hong Kong
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Documents state he would also “spank [the child’s] face until it was swollen” and “kick [the child] in the chest with boots on.”

Once the allegations were reported to police, investigators say Manarang fled to Hong Kong.

He was ultimately brought back to Oklahoma and was charged with two counts of rape, child sexual abuse, lewd molestation or indecent proposal, three counts of child abuse, soliciting a minor for indecent exposure, and two counts of procuring pornography.

During the non-jury trial, Manarang’s defense team rested after calling no witnesses.

Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman found Manarang guilty on all counts.

He was sentenced to six life sentences, plus 80 years.