Erica Gross, left, attends a memorial gathering for her 2-year-old daughter, Kamiya, in front of the Parkside Estates housing complex in Inkster, Mich., on Thursday, July 3, 2014. A man accused of killing Kamiya shot her in front of her father to torture him, state police said Thursday. The comments from Lt. Michael Shaw came after Raymone Jackson, 24, of Inkster, appeared in court on a first-degree murder charge and was sent back to jail with no bond. The toddler has been identified by police as Kamiya Gross. But Mary Mazur of the medical examiner’s office said the girl’s mother identified her as Kamiya French. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Ryan Garza)
INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit judge has ordered a man to stand trial on first-degree murder charges in the shooting of a 2-year-old girl in front of the girl’s father.
Inkster District Judge Sabrina Johnson ruled Wednesday that there’s enough evidence to try 25-year-old Raymone Jackson in the killing of the girl and the wounding of her father and a 12-year-old girl.
The judge ordered a competency hearing for 29-year-old co-defendant Raphael Hearn, who’s also charged with first-degree murder.
Authorities say Jackson shot KaMiya Gross in an act of retaliation against her father so it would be the last thing he saw.
It happened July 1 outside a house in Inkster. KaMiya’s 34-year-old father Kenneth French and the 12-year-old survived.
KaMiya was buried Saturday on what would have been her third birthday.
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