October 25, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A jury has found a 25-year-old woman guilty of murdering her 14-month-old goddaughter two years ago.
The Las Vegas Sun reports Mariann Harris was convicted Wednesday of murder, child abuse with a deadly weapon and two counts of child abuse.
Harris was accused of beating toddler Dyon Johnson with a metal pipe before her death Aug. 13, 2011.
Harris was the girl's godmother and had been her caretaker for several days.
Police said Harris initially told Dyon's mother the toddler had fallen off a bunk bed. She later said Dyon had fallen down the stairs.
Harris' public defender, Scott Coffee, raised questions during trial about how prosecutors couldn't point to an exact murder weapon. He said he planned to file for a mistrial.
Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 5.