A New Jersey man showed no remorse as he was found guilty for the murder of his two-year-old daughter. He will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.
“We finally got justice for Tierra Morgan-Glover,” said Marc LeMieuxm, first assistant Monmouth County prosecutor.
29-year-old Arthur Morgan III killed his toddler by throwing her into a creek while she was still strapped into her car seat. He will probably be sentenced to jail for life with no possibility of parole, as he his actions were found to be “knowing or purposeful.”
Morgan smirked and winked at the camera as he left the courtroom, prompting gasps from family who were present for Thursday’s verdict, the Associated Press reports. Some began sobbing when he left.
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The case has been ongoing since November 2011, when the girl’s body was found in the creek near the Jersey short. Morgan was found and arrested in San Diego several days later. He had a newspaper clipping about the murder in his pocket.
According to prosecutors, Morgan, a controlling boyfriend, killed Tierra as revenge against her mother for breaking off their engagement. He weighed down her car seat with a tire jack to make sure it would sink.
“I told her I loved her, and I gave her a kiss,” Morgan said of his last moment with his daughter.
He said she had not died when he left.
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“I still heard some noises,” he said. “I heard her. She sounded like she was crying.”
Defense attorneys had tried for a lesser charge of reckless manslaughter, which carries a minimum sentence of only five years in prison. They claimed Morgan was in an addled state of mind at the time and thought the girl’s mother, Amani Benton, was not raising her properly.
But the Monmouth County medical examiner said Tierra died from “homicidal violence, including submersion in water.” She may have been alive for as long as five minutes, he said.
“God bless her,” said county prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni after the grim proceedings. “I hope she’s in a better place.”
Sources: Associated Press