Sentencing in 9-year-old Markiya Dickson case delayed

Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The man found guilty of murder in the shooting death of 9-year-old Markiya Dickson would have been in court this morning, but due to damage suffered at the courthouse during Tuesday night’s riots, the sentencing was put on hold.

Commonwealth Attorney Colette McEachin told 8News the sentencing is continued and said the person responsible for this damage should be ashamed the Dickson family was denied justice.

19-year-old Quinshawn Betts was scheduled to appear before a judge in the Richmond Circuit Court. He is one of three men charged in the death of the 9-year-old girl.

“Markiya Dickson’s family was denied justice because they were waiting for this sentence. They were waiting to see one of the murderers of their daughter sentenced by a judge, and that couldn’t happen,” McEachin said.

Markiya Dickson was struck by a stray bullet while attending a family Memorial Day cookout at Carter Jones Park in May of 2019.

Back in March, a Richmond judge found Betts guilty for second-degree murder, malicious wounding and two counts of using a firearm in commission of a felony.

Dickson’s family said that during the Memorial Day cookout, men on the basketball court started shooting into a crowd at the park and Dickson was running to safety when she was struck. An 11-year-old boy and a man were also shot but survived.

Dickson died at the hospital.

Jermaine Davis and Jesus Turner, the two other suspects in her death, have been charged with murder.

Officials are working to figure out when Betts’ sentencing will be.

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