When Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney was kidnapped in 2019 and taken to the condominium of Patrick Stallworth and his girlfriend, Derick Irisha Brown, she was someplace she did not belong and with the erroneous people today.
The 3-year-previous desired hope, Northern District of Alabama Assistant US Lawyer Brittany Byrd explained to a federal jury Monday, but rather all she had was Brown.
“Instead of hope, she had despair. As a substitute of assisting, she experienced hurt. Instead of rescue, she was taken from us eternally,” Byrd mentioned.
“Absolutely nothing that took place this 7 days is likely to carry Cupcake again, but we can get justice for her.”
Byrd’s responses came throughout opening statements in the trial for Brown, 32, who is billed with kidnapping that resulted in dying and one particular rely of conspiracy to kidnap a small target.
A federal jury in Birmingham previous month took a lot less than an hour to convict Brown’s ex-boyfriend, Stallworth, of the very same crimes.
Stallworth, 42, and Brown are also billed with cash murder in point out court docket. No condition demo dates have however been set.
One of Brown’s lawyers, federal community defender Robin Robertson, instructed the jurors that Stallworth on your own committed a “spontaneous, horrendous crime” that resulted in the loss of life of Cupcake.
Brown, she explained, did nothing but intellect her possess small business the entire working day main up to the lethal abduction.
“This is a case about a terrible, unthinkable criminal offense committed by Patrick Stallworth, not Derick Brown,” Robertson instructed the jurors.
“Derick Brown minded his own business enterprise, and for that you can only obtain him not responsible.”
Cupcake vanished on Oct. 12, 2019, when visiting with family at Tom Brown Village general public housing neighborhood in Birmingham’s Avondale location.
Her human body was discovered at a Jefferson County landfill 10 days later.
Federal prosecutors in Stallworth’s trial mentioned he and Brown, his girlfriend, planned all working day and then carried out the fatal kidnapping of Cupcake 3 years back.
The motive, they have earlier mentioned, could have been for Stallworth’s sexual gratification or mainly because Brown experienced shed custody of her six youngsters and desired an additional youngster.
Testimony and evidence in Brown’s demo, which is anticipated to be substantially the exact as it was in Stallworth’s trial, is predicted to demonstrate the couple’s actions all working day that Saturday.
That incorporated a end at a Shell service station in the vicinity of Tom Brown Village, where Stallworth was viewed on video acquiring $18.91 in sweet.
Then, a shorter time later on, a 12-year-outdated lady reported Stallworth stopped her as she was leaving cheerleading exercise at Hayes K-8 and questioned her if she desired some candy.
She ran away.
Later, Stallworth and Brown have been witnessed sitting in their Toyota Sequoia and, when confronted by a resident, Brown asked in which were being all the kids that used to engage in in the circle.
That woman analyzed that Brown seemed as well intrigued in children.
Movie from Tom Brown Village that evening shows Stallworth speaking to two minimal women – Cupcake and her most effective pal/cousin Ava, also 3, ahead of they wander off screen with him.
Ava, according to prior testimony, would afterwards say when asked the place Cupcake went, “Cupcake obtained in the motor vehicle with that male. He took her to get candy at the retailer. I do not want no sweet.”
Because their 2018 arrests, Stallworth and Brown have blamed each other for the abduction and death of Cupcake.
Stallworth claimed Brown had taken the female, saying he required to hold her, and he also reported the Brown preferred him to sexually touch the girl.
He explained to detectives that Brown “put Cupcake to rest” by placing her palms about her nose and mouth.
Clinical authorities have beforehand analyzed that Cupcake died by asphyxia. She experienced methamphetamine, Trazodone and Benadryl in her system.
Dr. Daniel Dye, of the Jefferson County Coroner/Healthcare Examiner’s Business office reported the meth and Trazodone contributed to the baby’s dying.
Dye claimed there was no obvious signal of sexual trauma to Cupcake that they could come across.
“What particularly transpired in that condominium? We do not know,” prosecutor Byrd reported. “What we do know is that “Brown’s DNA, Patrick Stallworth’s DNA and Cupcake’s DNA were all found on a plastic sheet that was on best of a mattress inside of that condominium.”
Brown, Byrd stated, was interviewed by law enforcement a number of moments in between Oct. 13, 2019, and Oct. 21, 2019, and her story improved and progressed in excess of time.
“The a single that remained constant is that the individual the defendant was anxious about was himself, not Cupcake,” Byrd said.
It was in Brown’s ultimate job interview that she explained to investigators where by they could come across Cupcake’s physique. “She ultimately disclosed data that she had hidden for the previous nine times,” the prosecutor explained.
Brown’s attorney painted a fairly distinctive photo, that of a passive Brown who followed Stallworth about all day having to pay no consideration to what was likely on.
“Derick Brown did not have a plan. She woke up that working day with the similar difficulties as any other – shorter on dollars and wanting for a new area to dwell,” she claimed.
The couple went to Stallworth’s area of employment to get his cell cellphone charger. “Derick Brown stayed in the automobile, minding his possess business enterprise,” Robertson mentioned.
When Stallworth received back in the motor vehicle, they desired gas and ended up brief on income, so they picked up some scrap copper from his mother’s dwelling and went to offer it for $20.
“While Derick Brown sat in the car or truck minding his possess company,” Robertson explained.
They put $6 gas in the SUV and then stopped at the Shell close to Tom Brown Village exactly where Brown employed his EBT card to purchase the $18.61 in sweet.
“Patrick favored sweet. He experienced a big bag of it at residence. He set $18 on his food items stamp card. While Derick Brown sat in the auto minding his individual small business.”
When Stallworth approached the women outside the house Hayes K-8, Brown was “minding her very own organization.”
Brown and Stallworth then went and sold Brown’s boat trailer to a pawn store for $60.
Afterward, they went to the Bridlewood community and parked in a cul-de-sac in which Brown had earlier lived in hopes of obtaining his aged landlord to inquire him about a area to live.
It was there that Brown took methamphetamine, her attorney said, and later on Trazodone to “take the edge off.”
By the time they got to Tom Brown Village, Robertson mentioned, Brown was dozing off.
“When they arrived, Patrick Stallworth bought out of the auto and remaining Derick Brown sitting down in the passenger’s seat, oblivious to what small business he had there,” Robertson reported. “Patrick Stallworth offered medicines, and Derick Brown realized improved than to request queries.”
Stallworth, she said, lured Cupcake into the couple’s SUV and Brown did not recognize it till afterwards when they stopped at a benefit keep to get additional fuel and anything to drink to “wash away the taste of methamphetamine out of her mouth.”
Brown, she claimed, noticed the boy or girl in the car or truck but minded her individual business enterprise.
“When they returned to (their apartment) Patrick Stallworth secreted the little one absent and remaining Derick Brown dozing in the vehicle. Neighbors observed her for a lot more than an hour – in an out of it.”
“When she finally came to, she went inside of, created a sandwich, and went to mattress,” she explained. “She saw the boy or girl, but she minded her very own company.”
The upcoming early morning, Robertson explained, Stallworth was frantic soon after an Amber Alert had gone out hunting for Cupcake, and for him.
“Derick Brown sat, minding his very own company, as mobile cell phone data clearly show Patrick functioning all over the condominium complex…hiding his horrors,” Robertson claimed.
The protection also in opening statements alleged that the crime scene – the couple’s condominium – had been tainted right after the lawmen failed consistently to safe the device.
On many situations all through the look for for Cupcake and the investigation, the apartment was remaining unsecured by investigators and rifled by by mysterious individuals. On numerous events throughout that time period of time, she stated, someone stole a washer and dryer, a microwave and television.
“On Oct. 12, 2019, Patrick Stallworth dedicated a spontaneous, horrific criminal offense that resulted in the death of Kamille McKinney,” Robertson reported. “On Oct. 12, 2019, Derick Brown minded his possess small business.”
In an unrelated case, Brown is also dealing with condition rates in a 2018 incident in which authorities say she kidnapped a few of her modest little ones at gunpoint just after she shed custody of them amid an abuse investigation.
The incident happened July 13, 2018, and Brown was billed then with 3 counts of kidnapping, second-diploma assault, trying to elude and 4 counts of reckless damage. Her law firm argued that she could not be billed with kidnapping because there was no court buy mandating that she did not have her young children.
The fees had been dismissed, but a grand jury later on indicted him.