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WEST V. THE STATE (S14A0009)
The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously upheld a man’s convictions for malice murder and other crimes for beating to death his girlfriend’s 18-month-old daughter and physically abusing her other two children.
In this high profile case from Hall County, Stephen Clark West was convicted in August 2012 of murder, aggravated assault, and cruelty to children in the first degree for killing Kaylee Kipp, daughter of Deanna Renee Kipp, and for severely abusing Kipp’s 7-year-old and 4-year-old daughters, S.K. and A.K. The judge sentenced West to life without the possibility of parole.
In a separate trial, Deanna Kipp was convicted in November 2012 of felony murder and child cruelty for her role in her daughter’s murder and the abuse of her other children. She was sentenced to life plus 35 years in prison. In November 2013, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld her convictions but remanded her case to the trial court to correct sentencing errors.
According to the evidence, on the afternoon of June 12, 2011, emergency responders found Kaylee’s body in her “Pack ‘n Play” crib at the Gainesville apartment that her then 24-year-old mother shared with West, who was 22. Kaylee had been dead for hours and rigor mortis had set in. The medical examiner determined that skin lesions at the toddler’s diaper line were most likely caused by postmortem insect activity. Examination of her body revealed several possible causes of death. According to the medical examiner who performed the autopsy, Kaylee was struck at least six times in her head and face, and the bruises were consistent with human knuckle marks from a closed fist.
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