Father found guilty in murder of 9-year-old daughter

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With his hands shaking and his eyes tightly closed Richard Lyons is now– not just accused of killing his nine year old daughter Mya in 2008– but guilty of the murder.  Mya’s mother left the court room saying they finally got him they finally got him.

Erica Barnes, Mya’s mother said “She loved her dad and the fact that he could something like to her it hurts me more so than anything.”

In the prosecution’s closing arguments the state told the jury of seven women and five men– the hardest part of their job would be accepting that a parent could brutally beat their own child then try to cover it up by stabbing her multi times  and dumping her body in nearby alley.

Anita Alvarez, Cook County State’s Attorney said “This was a horrendous horrific crime to think a father could do that to his own child is really beyond comprehension.”

In July of 2008 Lyons says he found his little girl stabbed and beaten in that alley near their home.  Police say Lyons staged the crime scene-the prosecution brought an expert in blood spatter to help prove their case.

“There was other evidence but that was key absolutely key to the case.”

Lyons defense attorneys argued that expert’s blood testimony was bought for nearly $100,000 by the state.  Their theory was Mya surprised a burglar who killed her.  A theory the state called ridiculous but that’s not all.

Fabio Valentini said “I think stupid also there is no evidence to support it.”

Lyons uncle still believes his nephew is innocent.

Derrick Lyons said “I hate to be negative but I don’t think the jury was paying attention to what was going on and if it’s the blood spatter thing that is just a theory.”

A theory the jury believed–in this circumstantial case, still the one thing prosecutors can’t tell us is why Lyons murdered his daughter.

“We’re not sure if the motive what the motive was but…”

There is one thing Mya’s family is sure of after today’s verdict

“We’ve waited for six years guilty guilty and he is going to pay for what he did to my baby.”

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