A jury on Tuesday rejected the death penalty and recommended a life sentence for a man convicted of slaying a pregnant woman.
Keywan Conner, who will have no chance for parole, was convicted last week of shooting and killing Tenishia Latham, who was 27 weeks pregnant at the time. Police said that Latham was shot four times in the head, 10TV’s Kevin Landers reported.
Latham's daughter, named Miracle, survived the shooting which police said was the result of a marijuana purchase gone wrong. Latham's husband, Larry, was also injured.
Pamela Johnson, Latham’s aunt, said on Tuesday in court that she was happy about the sentence.
“With him getting a life sentence, that gives our family some relief so we can begin the healing process,” Johnson said.
Larry Latham said that faith got him through the loss of his wife.
“The Lord blessed me to stay focused, to keep my mind (on) who did it and continue to say his name. If I could have died, he could have done this to somebody else,” Latham said.
Johnson said that while she accepted the verdict, she wanted Conner to die for his crimes.
“We can’t visit Tenishia on Thursdays and Sundays, we have to go to the cemetery,” Johnson said. “Tenishia can’t put her hand on her tombstone and tell us she misses us, where he can put his hand on the glass.”
A formal sentencing is scheduled to take place next month.
Conner’s family declined to comment about the verdict, Landers reported.
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