Residents react to guilty verdict in the kidnapping of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney
On Thursday a federal jury in Tuscaloosa found Derick Brown guilty in the Birmingham abduction of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney.
Brown, 32, was convicted of kidnapping that resulted in death and one count of conspiracy to kidnap a minor victim. She faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Many expressed their feelings regarding the verdict, especially Tuscaloosa residents who witnessed the trial in their own backyard.
“I agree. The sentencing fits the crime. She was an innocent child. She was just trying to enjoy a birthday party with her family and friends. She didn’t deserve for that to happen to her,” said Anna Dominguez.
Many people were glad to see that justice was served for Kamille. They hoped the verdict would bring peace to the family.
“I feel as though it’s somewhat of a bittersweet moment for Kamille and her family. Even though a sentence has been served, Kamille is still not with her family during this time of the year and holidays,” said Tonya Melton.
Brown and her ex-boyfriend, Patrick Stallworth, are still charged with capital murder in state court. No state trial dates have yet been set.
Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney was 3 years old when she was kidnaped from a birthday party on Oct. 12, 2019. Her body was found a week later in a nearby dumpster.