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Augusta man who beat 4-year-old daughter to death convicted

Jones found guilty of killing daughter

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 7:54 PM
Last updated Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 2:26 AM
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A jury found an Augusta man guilty of murder Thursday in the beating death of his 4-year-old daughter.

The prosecutor argued in favor of a life sentence without parole for Willie C. Jones, 23.

Judge Daniel J. Craig, who presided over the Richmond County Superior Court trial and heard all the evidence, agreed that was the proper punishment.

“You’re sitting in the presence of evil,” Assistant District Attorney John Markwalter argued to the jury in closing Thursday. Over a two-week period, Jones beat and burned the little girl until her brain was so injured she could live only connected to machines.

Tyasia Phillips died March 11, 2012, after she was disconnected from life support.

Jones told investigators Tyasia hit her head when she jumped in an attempt to get away from him.

“This child was fighting for her life,” Markwalter said.

Defense attorney Katrell Nash asked the jury to consider the possibility that Tyasia could have suffered the fatal head wound while playing rough with other children. Jones was only guilty of not watching over the child to ensure she didn’t get hurt, Nash said.

Jones, who initially denied harming Tyasia but later confessed, was upset and exhausted several hours after his daughter was taken to the hospital, Nash said.

Tyasia was covered in bruises and abrasions and there was a burn pattern on her back that indicated she had been held down on a space heater while naked, and that she was burned on two occasions, Markwalter said.

Jones used multiple weapons to beat the child because, he said, Tyasia had been disrespectful, Markwalter said. He beat the child to death and then tried to downplay it by claiming he just reprimanded her, Markwalter argued.

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giwi
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giwi 09/26/13 - 09:14 pm
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Hell!

He needs to rot in hell now! Prison is too good for him!

griff6035
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griff6035 09/26/13 - 10:44 pm
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Prison

Even the meanest of killers hate child killers.

SheilaJ15
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SheilaJ15 09/26/13 - 11:34 pm
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Child Killers Don't Do Well in Prison

Child killers don't do well in prison because most other inmates can't stand them either.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 09/27/13 - 04:24 am
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I want to hear from a PRO Anti-Death penalty supporter.

Here is my example of why a death penalty exists.
How can you and your group protest the elimination of such a floating log in a cesspool?

Now with all the TOUCHY-FEELY protests and better prison improvements demands, he will get 3 meals better than many of our poor, a snack, Cable TV, a nice Heated and AC room with a clean bed for about the next 50 years, all at the taxpayers expense.

Where is the justice for SOCIETY?

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 09/27/13 - 08:14 am
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Yak Squeeze

This mass of protoplasm is not even worthy of me addressing him as a human. Looks tough now, but won't look tough shortly. Should have gotten the death penalty, but our form of execution is too humane for this, and it would take too long to make it happen. Yeah, I could push the button.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 09/27/13 - 08:21 am
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I agree whole heartedly with all your sentiments. Hopefully you'll be correct and this tough guy will get his just rewards in prison. He should have gotten the death penalty.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 09/27/13 - 08:42 am
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It is a horrible injustice

It is a horrible injustice that his beautiful child had to die due to his inability to assimilate into society as a normal, feeling human being. Where is the justice? This individual has had a host of problems for a LONG time. I'm sorry---this is another reason why some individuals should NOT be allowed to have children--because they can't even take care of themselves or function in society! Now an innocent child had to pay the price. Disgusting. And our tax dollars are going to take care of him for the REST of his life! Why wouldn't the death penalty apply in a case such as this? Trust me--that punishment would certainly fit this crime.
Disgusting. When will the judges start to understand that we are tired of supporting individuals who have ABSOLUTELY no value to society and are a threat to others?

Darby
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Darby 09/27/13 - 11:10 am
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Where is the justice for SOCIETY?

Where is the justice for that child? No length of incarceration will bring her back.

On the other hand, I'd make him remain behind bars and hard labor until she does come back. No exceptions!

djkillaran
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djkillaran 09/27/13 - 11:57 am
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Prison is too good for him!!

Prison is too good for him. Wait til GOD sees him. He will get whats coming to him.

harley_52
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harley_52 09/27/13 - 05:33 pm
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He Needs To Be...

...beaten and burned until his brain is so damaged he can only live when connected to machines.

burninater
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burninater 09/27/13 - 06:27 pm
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No question about it,

No question about it, nocnoc.

As this case clearly shows, it takes a savage to kill someone who is completely at your mercy.

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