Macon County coroner's jury determines manner of death in two cases


Jurors ruled the death of a six-month-old baby and a 20-year-old man as homicides Wednesday.

Amylah Smith-Allende died from blunt force trauma to her head last December after a violent assault.

Prosecutors charged Emerson "Theo" Burns in her death. Burns returns to court for a pretrial hearing March 4th. He has pleaded not guilty.

The child's mother, Alexandria Allende, also faces obstruction of justice charges. Macon County Coroner Mike Day says these are very tragic circumstances.

"When we are dealing with a child death, infant deaths, we do realize can be very upsetting, impartial verdict as to manner and cause of death," Day said.

A coroner's inquest was also held for 20-year-old, Nazareth Lee.

His death was also ruled a homicide. He was the victim of Decatur's first murder of 2009. Lee died after being shot several times January 24th on east Walnut Street.

Twenty-one-year-old, Zebulin Beasley pleaded not guilty to first degree murder Wednesday. He has a pretrial hearing April 8th.

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