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Federal prosecutors won’t seek death penalty for ‘Cupcake’ McKinney suspects

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The man and woman accused of kidnapping and murdering a 3-year-old girl in Birmingham nearly three years ago will not face the death penalty in federal court, prosecutors announced Thursday .

In a notice filed Thursday in the Northern District of Alabama, U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and his team announced that the state would not seek the death penalty against Patrick Stallworth, 42, or Derick Irisha Brown, 31 years. While Stallworth and Brown face murder and kidnapping charges in the death of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, they only face kidnapping charges in federal court.

McKinney was 3 years old when she was kidnapped from the Tom Brown Village housing project at a party on October 12, 2019. Within days, Stallworth and Brown were brought in and questioned in the case.

On October 22, 2019, Birmingham Police Department confirmed that McKinney’s remains were found in a dumpster from a dumpster at a Center Point flat where Stallworth and Brown were arrested. An examination of McKinney revealed that she had died of asphyxiation.

Stallworth and Brown were charged with capital murder and taken to the Jefferson County Jail. On July 29, 2020, the couple were indicted on federal charges of kidnapping and conspiracy to kidnap a minor.

Stallworth and Brown face life in prison for their federal charges. However, they still face the death penalty in state court because they are charged with capital murder.

They are due to have a preliminary hearing on June 22. No trial date has been set for their state or federal charges.


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