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On Day of Girl's Kidnapping and Murder, Suspect Bought a Pill

But Patrick Stallworth blames girlfriend for Kamille McKinney's death
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2019 12:50 PM CST
This undated file photo provided by the Birmingham Police Department shows Patrick Devone Stallworth.   (Birmingham Police Department via AP, File)
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(Newser) – Two suspects charged with capital murder and kidnapping in the death of a 3-year-old girl in Alabama are each pointing the finger at the other. At Tuesday's preliminary hearing for Patrick Stallworth, defense attorney Derrick Collins said his client had initially lied to authorities out of love for his girlfriend, Derick Brown, who was solely responsible, reports AL.com. Collins has previously said 29-year-old Brown, who led authorities to Kamille McKinney's remains in a dumpster at an apartment complex, implicated Stallworth, 39. Lead homicide detective Jonathan Ross testified that the pair were together as Stallworth bought $19 worth of candy near Tom Brown Village apartments in Birmingham, the complex from which Kamille disappeared, on the day of her abduction, Oct. 12. Five minutes later, Ross said, the couple offered candy to two preteen girls walking by, with Stallworth telling one, "I'm looking for a girl that looks like you."

Other child witnesses also told police the couple was driving around the complex giving out candy and that Kamille got into a vehicle matching Stallworth's SUV, per WNCN. An autopsy showed she died of asphyxiation by suffocation after ingesting a toxic amount of methamphetamine and Trazodone, an anti-depressant used to treat insomnia, for which Stallworth had a prescription. But Stallworth—who was seen buying a pill for erectile dysfunction after leaving Tom Brown Village—told police that Brown had been stealing his Trazodone. Stallworth further claimed Brown kidnapped Kamille without his knowledge, then killed the child after he refused her request to "do something sexual" to the girl, Ross said. DNA belonging to all three was found on a mattress cover in the apartment, along with blood, Ross added. Collins said Kamille's body showed no evidence of sexual assault, though prosecutors argue decomposition was a factor. Brown's preliminary hearing is set for Friday. (Kamille disappeared from a birthday party; her body was found 10 days later.)

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